Google URL Shortener API Integration With Node.js

Google URL Shortener at is a service that takes long URLs and squeezes them into fewer characters to make a link that is easier to share, tweet, or email to friends. Users can create these short links through the web interface at, or they can programatically create them through the Google URL Shortener API. With the URL Shortener API you can write applications that use simple HTTP methods to create, inspect, and manage short links from desktop, mobile, or web.

Note : As of March 30, 2019, the URL shortener was shut down. Please see this blog post for alternatives.

Here are list of Google URL Shortener API methods that can be used in our applications,

  • get – Expands a short URL or gets creation time and analytics.
  • insert – Creates a new short URL.
  • list – Retrieves a list of URLs shortened by a user.

Methods :

  • url.get method gets expansion information for a specified short URL. For the given short URL, the url.get method returns the corresponding long URL and the status.
  • url.insert method creates a new short URL. Authentication is optional for the url.insert method. If an authentication token with access to is provided, the method creates a short URL for the authenticated user. The short URL created will appear in the authenticated user’s list method results and on their dashboard at If no authentication is provided, the short URL that the method creates is not associated with any particular account.
  • url.list method retrieves a list of URLs shortened by the authenticated user. The url.list method returns a paginated list of information about short URLs created by a user, sorted in reverse chronological order. Each returned resource contains the short URL, long URL, creation timestamp, and status.

Source Code :

We are using Google APIs Node.js Client and Express.js to demonstrate the programmatic methods of using Google URL Shortener. Each methods on the APIs is demonstrated with different routing.

Note : Please replace API keys, Client ID and Client Secret with your application details.


SIVA SANKAR, Working as a Software Engineer, Blogging is my hobby. I completed my Bachelors of Engineering (Computer Science Engineering) in Chennai, India. and my Master of Engineering (Embedded System Technologies) in Tamilnadu, India.

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