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# Lonk
A very simple link shortener, written in Rust, made to self host.
## What is lonk
Lonk provides an HTTP interface where you input a URL, and get a short, standardized URL
(`.../l/` plus a sequence of letters and numbers) that will redirect you to the provided
Such link shorteners can be useful to share links where copy-pasting is not an option, or
By default, links shortened with lonk expire after 3 days; this period can be refreshed by
resubmitting the URL, without changing the shortened URL.
## Serving lonk
`lonk` can be served with `docker-compose` (recommended) or as a binary.
### Serving with `docker-compose`
Serving `lonk` with `docker-compose` is trivial: pull the repository to a chosen
mkdir /etc/lonk
git clone https://git.cumperativa.xyz/meeg_leeto/lonk /etc/lonk
... and serve:
cd /etc/lonk && docker-compose up
By default, this will serve `lonk` on `localhost:8892`. You can change this port in
`docker-compose.yml`. Likewise, you may adjust other parameters in `data/config.json`.
Mind that some of these parameters correspond to the container; so, in particular,
you should not change the port or database location in `config.json`, unless you make the
corresponding changes in `docker-compose.yml`. (If you are unfamiliar with
`docker-compose`, just leave these parameters alone; they do not affect your system in any
### Serving as a binary
**Please make sure you know what you are doing.**
To run `lonk` as a binary, preferably create a dedicated user and directory:
root# useradd --no-create-home --disabled-login lonk
root# mkdir /etc/lonk
root# chown lonk:lonk /etc/lonk
... place the lonk executable in that directory...
root# mv lonk /etc/lonk/lonk
root# chown lonk:lonk /etc/lonk/lonk
... and then run the `lonk` executable as this user. Configuring `lonk` is done the same
as in the `docker-compose` case, namely by creating the appropriate `config.json`;
for a starting point, run `lonk --print-default-config`:
root# sudo -u lonk /bin/bash
lonk$ mkdir /etc/lonk/served
lonk$ /etc/lonk/lonk --print-default-config > etc/lonk/lonk.json
You may set a different configuration file by setting the environment variable
You will have to have [Redis](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redis) running and listening
on the port specified in the configuration file. Also, if you don't want to write your
own HTTP frontend, you'll have to copy the contents of the `data` directory from
the repository into the newly created `/etc/lonk/served` directory. (Don't forget to
`chown lonk:lonk` the copied contents.)
(The frontend is quite minimalist, and I encourage you to look at `main.js` and write
your own.)
Finally, serve `lonk` (in the location specified in the configuration file):
lonk$ logout
root# sudo -u lonk /etc/lonk/lonk
## Contributing
Pull requests are welcome. Issues are not guaranteed to be addressed. `lonk` is
built primarily for self-use, provided to you for free, and not my primary
occupation. Please respect this.
## Licence
`lonk` is licenced under a GNU General Public License, version 3. This
[**informally**][GPLv3] means that:
> You may copy, distribute and modify the software as long as you track
> changes/dates in source files. Any modifications to or software including (via
> compiler) GPL-licensed code must also be made available under the GPL along with
> build & install instructions.
You can find a copy of the licence under `LICENCE`.
## Support
Getting donations, no matter how small, lets me know that people use and
appreciate the software I've published.
💕 If you like and use `lonk`, consider
[buying me a coffee](https://www.paypal.me/miguelmurca/2.50).
[GPLv3]: https://tldrlegal.com/license/gnu-general-public-license-v3-(gpl-3)