Link Unshortener enhancements

June 22 2022 by Jeff Johnson

Link Unshortener is my Mac app that expands shortened web links, following redirects until it reveals the destination URL. Version 9.0 of Link Unshortener is now available in the Mac App Store, and this update is big! Link Unshortener 9.0 adds a convenient list of all your installed web browsers so that you can open a link in any browser with one click or keypress. And if you set Link Unshortener itself as your default web browser in System Preferences, then whenever you click a link in an external app such as Mail, Link Unshortener will allow you to easily send the link to the web browser of your choice!

Link Unshortener main window

Link Unshortener 9.0 also adds custom URL redirects! Automatically redirect new Reddit to old Reddit, Twitter to Nitter, YouTube to Invidious, etc. And if you have StopTheMadness installed, then redirect rules are shared between the Safari extension and Link Unshortener.

Link Unshortener Redirects Preferences

Link Unshortener 9.0 adds custom web browser opening rules! Associate specific URLs with specific web browsers. For example, automatically open Google Docs links in Google Chrome, and other links in Safari. As with the redirect rules, web rules are shared with the StopTheMadness Safari extension.

Link Unshortener Web Rules Preferences

Link Unshortener 9.0 adds a preference to open links in the background! Keep Link Unshortener in the foreground while opening multiple links in the background. And whether your preference is set to open links in the foreground or the background, you can temporarily switch the preference by holding down the shift key when you open a link. (Note: This new feature works with Safari and Firefox, but Google Chrome and Chromium-based browsers such as Microsoft Edge and Brave have a bug that prevents links from opening in the background.)

Link Unshortener 9.0 makes the app more powerful and useful than ever. If already purchased Link Unshortener, this update is free! If you haven't purchased Link Unshortener yet, it's available in the Mac App Store!

Jeff Johnson (My apps, PayPal.Me)