General FAQ

URL shortening is a technique in which a URL may be made substantially shorter in length and have more meaning.
Example: https://www.epfl.ch/campus/services/communication/en/audiences-and-channels/epfl-magazine/ becomes https://go.epfl.ch/magazine.

Besides from the url shortening this site has other goals:

  • A way to remember all those URLs so complicated
  • To have a directory with EPFL's internal links
  • To have a quick and safe (and and corporate compliant) way to shorten URLs
If you read french, have a look to this article in the Flash Informatique.

go.epfl.ch is born due to necessity of a mailing (read this article about it) and it is not yet an EPFL service. Communication may be addressed to go@groupes.epfl.ch.

The first version of go.epfl.ch was a mix between PHURL (https://code.google.com/archive/p/phurl/) with some parts of YOURLS (http://yourls.org/).

Early 2019, Loïc Humbert (an IT apprentice) was asked to refresh the whole system during his end of apprentiship work (called TPI - Travail Pratique Individuel). While still running some parts of YOURLS, the website has been ported to the PHP Framework Laravel. You may be interessed to have a look to the source code.

Yes they are sharing the same database, but go.epfl.ch is a 1 char shorter than cut.epfl.ch and 2 chars shorter than short.epfl.ch...

Contact us

It will be much appreciated if you can open an issue on https://gitlab.com/epfl-idevfsd/go-epfl/issues.
You can also send an email to incoming+epfl-idevfsd-go-epfl-10607222-issue-@incoming.gitlab.com to automagically create a request.
Finally, you can contact the maintainers by email here.

Usage FAQ

Yes. A same URL can have from 1 to N alias.

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Contact us

It will be much appreciated if you can open an issue on https://gitlab.com/epfl-idevfsd/go-epfl/issues.
You can also send an email to incoming+epfl-idevfsd-go-epfl-10607222-issue-@incoming.gitlab.com to automagically create a request.
Finally, you can contact the maintainers by email here.