A modern URL shortener built with React, Material UI and Firebase.

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  1. Self Hosted using Firebase (Free plan)
  2. Admin Panel for link management
  3. Domain Customizable to anything you wish
  4. Modern, Material UI (we all love this!)
  5. Actively under development

Why another URL shortener?

I come from the PHP era. Back then we had YOURLS which gave us a perfect self-hosted URL shortener on our domains.
But the YOURLS UI now feels ancient and honestly, with the availability of amazing new tech, its a sin to not use them.

This project has been created with the goal of providing a modern re-do of YOURLS and at the same time, introduce new features wherever possible!


You'll need to make the following set up:

  1. A Firebase project with Hosting (Free plan will work)

  2. Add a Custom domain to your Firebase Hosting (you know, the shorter, the better)

  3. Enable Email/Password authentication in your Firebase Authentication settings and set up your users.

  4. Enable Firestore in the Firebase project.

Setup Guide Video

How to Use

  1. Clone the repo:
git clone
  1. Change working directory to project:
cd fireshort
  1. Edit src/firebase/firebase.js and put your Firebase Project Config here:
const firebaseConfig = {
  //Your config values
  1. Edit firebase.json and change key:
"hosting": {
    "site":"yoursitename", <-- This is your firebase hosting site name
    "public": "build",
  1. Edit src/config.js and update global.config.mainsite:
module.exports = global.config = {
    mainsite: "" <-- your main site here
    // other global config variables you wish
  1. Local test run
npm start

If you get an error like this here:

Attempting to bind to HOST environment variable: x86_64-conda_cos6-linux-gnu

you need to remove your conda environment and set back the host. Use the following commands:

conda deactivate
export HOST=localhost
  1. Production build
npm run-script build
  1. Deploy to Firebase
firebase --project **your_project_id** deploy
  1. [Optional] Connect a Custom domain

Follow the Firebase documentation article to setup a custom domain for your URL shortener.


The following configurations are available:

Parameter Type Description
global.config.mainsite URL The site to which a blank suffix redirects. For ex: ->

Suggested Rules for Firebase Database

rules_version = '2';
service cloud.firestore {
  match /databases/{database}/documents {
    match /{document=**} {
      allow read : if true;
      allow write : if request.auth.uid != null;


Are you using FireShort for your URL shortener? Let me know! Feel free to put a PR with your details added to the table!

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