Intro and Installation

This is a Firefox add-on built with the Jetpack SDK.

On any webpage, this jetpack adds a new item in the right click menu called “copy short URL”. When you click it, the add-on looks for a canonical short URL exposed in the page header. Currently, a number of major websites expose their own short URLs for any entry on their webpages, among these:

  • youtube (“…”),
  • flickr (“…”),
  • (“…”),
  • Arstechnica (“…”),
  • Techcrunch (“…”),

and many more.

If, however, the site does not name its own short URL, the add-on automatically falls back to making a short URL using a URL shortening service (by default: – see Using a custom short URL service for how to change that).

Either way, after a fraction of a second, you end up with a short URL in your clipboard, ready to be used in forum posts, tweets, or wherever else you please.


The newest stable version of Copy ShortURL is always available on Mozilla Add-ons and can be installed directly from there.

If you want to use a development version, you’ll need to check out the code form github and build it. Refer to the Jetpack SDK Docs to find out how.