Google URL Shortener macro?

Is there a way for me to feed in the URL as a variable and get the shortened Google URL or TinyURL as a result saving it as a variable?

First thing is you need to get yourself an API key from Google.

I have made you a prompt in this example. I hope you're using a fairly newish mac that has python installed.

The script part for you. Careful with all the quotes

curl -s${KMVAR_urlShortnerApiKey} -H 'Content-Type: 
application/json' -d '{"longUrl":"'"${KMVAR_urlShortnerUrl}"'"}' | \
python -c "import sys, json; print json.load(sys.stdin)['id']"


Hi, thank you for this really helpful and will resolve my problem.

I seem to get the following error message and do not know how to overcome it

Traceback (most recent call last):
File “”, line 1, in
KeyError: ‘id’

could you upload the Actions as it is please?

There you go.
url shortener.kmmacros (2.9 KB)

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Thank you very much.

Hi, is there another API that would work now that Google is no longer offering the service?

I found a free API here but don't know how to convert their code to work with Maestro.

Would it be possible for someone to provide an updated macro with a working API?

thanks much!

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Hi @mishamazor,

Personally, I use TinyURL:

The Keyboard Maestro macro is very simple:

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Please can you share the macro?

Sure, here it is. Enjoy!

TinyURL.kmmacros (21.5 KB)


Much obliged.

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