CleanLink
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Overview

A browser extension that shortens lengthy links and removes tracking data without the use of a link shortening service.

**CleanLink is currently in beta.** There is a small chance that the link copied to your clipboard will not be valid, however, CleanLink will not break your overall browsing experience. If you notice that CleanLink breaks any links when shortening them, please file an issue at https://github.com/mathvav/cleanlink/issues. Many websites add a lot of extra "garbage" to the link at the top of your browser, for any of the following reasons: • Tracking customers throughout the "conversion funnel" • Making the link more recognizable to humans, such as putting "/Taylor-Swift-Album" in the URL for an album from the best musician to ever live • Storing extra information about your browsing experience, such as the exact search text that took you to the product you're viewing However, when copying-and-pasting links to put in emails or spreadsheets, this extra data can take up a lot of space and make the link look... ugly. CleanLink fixes this by taking a link like... https://www.amazon.com/Capri-Sun-Variety-Pack-Strawberry/dp/B0812HZGGZ/?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_w=BV32h&pf_rd_p=58f68c27-9bf4-466f-b1c8-101a062bcc82&pf_rd_r=K9PPQDP3APKTHFR13WTA&pd_rd_r=d7a0ba05-e5d9-4c59-a37c-b470911fd28d&pd_rd_wg=bPW0M&ref_=pd_gw_wish ...and shortening it to... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0812HZGGZ ....just by removing unnecessary parts of the URL—this shortened link is 14% of it's original length! CleanLink works especially well on Amazon and eBay product links, along with Google and Bing searches, but additionally removes "UTM" tracking data from the links of millions of websites worldwide. It sits in the top right corner of Chrome, and its icon turns from gray to blue when it senses that it can make the link on the current page shorter. When you click on the icon, CleanLink shortens the link and copies it to your clipboard for you.

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Patrick MurphyMar 10, 2024

Incredible! Just what I needed for sharing annoying long links while shopping.

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Evan GrayApr 8, 2021

Best one of these I've seen so I'm giving it a 5 but... Any chance of adding an option for custom variables? There's a few you missed. Thanks!

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Matt VavricekDeveloperApr 8, 2021

Hi Evan! I'm the author of CleanLink, and I'm glad you've found it useful! I'd love to expand the functionality of CleanLink when I have some extra time. Do you have any examples of custom variables that you would like CleanLink to strip out, or an example of what format those custom variables would take? I assume you're talking about query parameters (the part of the URL after the question mark that looks like "?utm_name=Google&utm=Search")? Thanks, Matt

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Antonio LinhartJan 10, 2021

This extension has transformed my internet surfing habits! I can now easily share links with friends and family via text and over the phone without judgement over the lengthy links I send!

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Details

  • Version
    0.1.1
  • Updated
    January 11, 2021
  • Offered by
    mathvav
  • Size
    75.26KiB
  • Languages
    English (United States)
  • Developer
    Email
    matthewvavricek@gmail.com
  • Non-trader
    This developer has not identified itself as a trader. For consumers in the European Union, please note that consumer rights do not apply to contracts between you and this developer.

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