#link-shortener #url #shortener #cli #rust

app nshrt

A simple CLI written in Rust to shorten URLs using my own URL shortener

3 releases (breaking)

0.3.0 Dec 11, 2023
0.2.0 Sep 13, 2023
0.1.4 Aug 22, 2023

#4 in #shortener

50 downloads per month

MIT license

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NoobShort CLI (nshrt)

version 0.2

NoobShort is a simple to use URL shortener. It is just a small part of my site noobscience.rocks. I made a very pretty web interface for it, but I also wanted to make a CLI version of it. So here it is.

You can check out the web interface at noobscience/go.

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You need to manually compile it

Cargo binary is now available. You can install it with cargo by running

cargo install nshrt

Local compilation

You are free to compile it yourself. You need to have Rust >= 1.4.0 and Cargo >= 0.6.0. Then, just clone the repo and run cargo build --release. The binary will be in target/release/nshrt.

git clone https://github.com/newtoallofthis123/short_cli/
cd short_cli
cargo build --release
sudo cp target/release/nshrt /usr/local/bin/nshrt

However, if you are not a rustecean, you can download the binary from the releases page. Just download the binary for your OS and architecture and put it somewhere in your PATH.

I need your help. I don't have a Mac, so I can't compile the binary for Mac. If you have a Mac, please compile the binary and send it to me. Thanks!


NoobShort CLI is very easy to use. Just type nshrt <url> and it will return the shortened URL. If you want to use a custom URL, type nshrt <url> --custom <custom>. If the custom URL is already taken, it will return an error.

It is very simple and easy to use. I hope you enjoy it.

Just a small thing though, I am sorry if the interface has too much branding. I am not trying to advertise, I just want to make sure that people know where the URL is coming from. I hope you understand.

Dev Stuff

NoobShort CLI is written primarily in Rust 1.7.0. It uses multiple dependencies, which are listed in the Cargo.toml file.

It posts a request to the publicly available API at https://noobscience.rocks/api/go. The API is written in TypeScript and uses MongoDB as a database. It is publicly available and you are free to integrate it into your own projects. Just make sure to give me credit and keep in mind the Terms of Service.

If you want to contribute, feel free to fork the repo and make a pull request. I will review it and merge it if it is good.

To develop, open it in your favorite editor and start coding. To run it, just run cargo run and it will compile and run it for you.


NoobShort CLI is licensed under the MIT license. You can find it in the LICENSE file.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at noobscience/contact.


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