by liamrosenfeld



A modern self-hosted URL Shortener for both individuals and organizations that’s easy to set up and use.

Currently this project is still in its early stages. It is a fully functional URL shortener, but many quality of life features are still to come.


To Heroku

Just click here and follow the instructions on screen to deploy:


To have logins persist between app refreshes, create an environment variable with the name ROCKET_SECRET_KEY and then run openssl rand -base64 32 in a terminal and paste the result in the value.


You can deploy with docker to a wide range of hosts as long a you provide these environment variables at runtime:

  • PORT (Most often passed by the host)
  • DATABASE_URL (For the postgres database. Incudes login info for database)
  • ROCKET_SECRET_KEY (Used for signing private cookies. Generate it yourself with openssl rand -base64 32)

Local Development

With Cargo

  1. Install Rust
  2. Install Postgres
  3. Install the Diesel CLI: cargo install diesel_cli
  4. Open terminal at project directory
  5. Create a .env file that has the contents DATABASE_URL=postgres://[YOUR USERNAME]:[YOUR PASSWORD]@localhost/linkr
  6. Use Rust nightly for this directory: rustup override set nightly
  7. Setup the database: diesel setup
  8. Run: cargo run

With Docker

  1. Install Docker
  2. Run: docker-compose up

New Database Migrations

After creating a new migration either run diesel print-schema > './src/' or diesel migration run