Link Unshortener expands shortened web links, following redirects until it reveals the destination URL. Never again click a link before you know where it's going!

Made by indie developer Jeff Johnson. The support link has documentation and my email address.

• Handles link shorteners such as (Twitter),, tinyurl, and more!
• Automatically removes URL tracking parameters.
• Automatically upgrades URLs from http to https.
• No web cookies, storage, or caches. Generic User-Agent. Your anonymity and privacy is protected.
• Includes a share extension.
• Includes a Mac system service.
• Drag from web browser links and drop on Link Unshortener in the Dock.
• Open the destination URL in your selected web browser, or copy to the clipboard. There are preferences to do these automatically!
• Compatible with StopTheMadness Web URL Rules and the Open Link with contextual menu item.

What’s New

Version 8.4

• Performance improvements to speed up redirect detection.
• Added utm_name to list of Known Trackers.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

DaphneD ,

Simple utility that does exactly what it promises

I use with StopTheMadness by the same developer and this utility works well together. Biggest issue with using with stopthemadness is the small amount of configuration required to connect the two.

Edit: The trimming only known trackers is a nice improvement. Most of the time older versions did a great job, but occassionally it would lose item or article ids along with the trackers. Easy enough to toggle, or go back a step or two but still a small extra step. So nice to see an improvement here.

Prince__1999 ,


Struggles with Slickdeals links, but solid for the most part.

Developer Response ,

Thanks! On Slickdeals, you might just need to disable Remove URL Queries.

Pathology27 ,

Hasn't worked yet for me

Error pops up everytime

Developer Response ,

Please contact support:

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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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