Azure static web apss routing feature can be used as a quick URL shortener service., my personal URL shortener

I was on the look-out for a URL shortener with a custom domain for the smallest fee possible and stumbled upon Netifly-URLShortener.

I find this a elegant solution through its simplicity, but at the same time, I wanted to experiment a bit with Azure Static Web App as well.

Azure Static Web App has a similar feature build in, using routes.

staticwebapp.config for all your configuration

Azure Static Web App configuration file staticwebapp.config.json includes a routes section you can use to redirect a route to another URL.

All you need to do is add a link by modifying staticwebapp.config.json where route is the shorturl and redirect contains the destination.

Use aswa-shortener

Instead of manually updating your staticwebapp.config.json file, you could also use the aswa-shortener npm package. Aswa (Azure Static Web App) shortener automatically generates a short code and checks if your route already exists. It will also push your changes to your origin, triggering a build of your Azure Static Web App.

Note: It takes a minute or to for the build to complete, so your shortcode is not available in real-time.


This module is distributed via [npm][npm] which is bundled with [node][node] and should be installed as one of your project’s dependencies:

npm install --save asweb-shortener


Your project should have a staticwebapp.config.json file that looks like this:

// example
  "routes": [
      "route": "/me",
      "redirect": "",
      "statusCode": "301"
  "navigationFallback": {
    "rewrite": "index.html",
    "exclude": ["/images/*.{png,jpg,gif}", "/css/*"]
  "responseOverrides": {},
  "globalHeaders": {
    "content-security-policy": "default-src https: 'unsafe-eval' 'unsafe-inline'; object-src 'none'"

This module exposes a binary that you should use in your package.json scripts. You also need to add

  • a homepage to your package.json
  • a config setion to specify your appLocation (defaults to src)

  "homepage": "",
  "config": {
    "appLocation": "src"
  "scripts": {
    "shorten": "asweb-shortener"

Then you can run:

npm run shorten # simply formats your _redirects file
npm run shorten # generates a short code and adds it for you
npm run shorten gh # adds gh as a short URL for you

The asweb-shortener does a few things:

  1. generates a short code if one is not provided
  2. validates your URL is a real URL
  3. adds the URL to the routes section of _redirects
  4. runs a git commit and push (this will trigger your Azure Static Web App CI/CD to deploy your new redirect)
  5. Copies the short URL to your clipboard

This introduces some delay as the rebuild needs to be pushed.

Shell Function

If you want to be able to run this anywhere in the terminal, you can try making a custom function for your shell.

Shell Agnostic
  1. Add the following [executable definition][npm-bin] to your package.json:
    {"bin": {"shorten": "cli.js"}}
  2. Create the cli.js file:
    #!/usr/bin/env node
  3. From your project directory, run the following to register the command globally:
    npm link