I want to automatically get short links equivalents for things I CloudDeploy. I'd appreciate some tips on integrating command line workflow below into Mathematica function. For command line, using free API key, I do

To shorten www.google.com on command line, I execute following:

curl https://www.googleapis.com/urlshortener/v1/url?key=$key \
  -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
  -d '{"longUrl": "http://www.google.com/"}'

This will print the following to stdout, thing next to id contains the shortened URL.

 "kind": "urlshortener#url",
 "id": "https://goao.gl/fbsS",
 "longUrl": "http://www.google.com/"
  • $\begingroup$ I was not aware of URLShorten, that looks like a better solution $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 24, 2017 at 22:23

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Many URL* functions overlap with functionality so there there are many ways.

Here is an example which returns a list of rules:

URLExecute @ HTTPRequest[
  , <| "Method" -> "POST"
     , "Headers" -> {"Content-Type" -> "application/json"}
     , "Query" -> {"key" -> key}
     , "Body" -> ExportString[{"longUrl" -> "http://www.google.com/"}, "JSON"]
  , CharacterEncoding -> None (*becasue export to json already did it*)
{"kind" -> "urlshortener#url", "id" -> ..., 
 "longUrl" -> "http://www.google.com/"} 

But, as mentioned earlier, you can use WRI's shortener with URLShorten.


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