Can I shorten the deep link url?

Hi Jeff, I can imagine.

But if we have a Generate QR Code column, is it a big lift for the Glide team to add a Generate Short URL? Or even just do it for us for deep links?

Understood that they have many fish to fry, so easy doesn’t make it a priority new feature.


You can use the Bitly shortened plugin in GS. It then shortens it. But you need the paid version of it to auto convert if many are generated on the fly.

If it’s just a handful, then the free version requires you to shorten it one by one.

Thanks, @kingzy. Are you referring to me manually shortening after I copy from Glide and before I paste it to another page like a FB post?

I’m looking for an automated solution. Can I access the link from inside Glide and convert it using a Glide column?

I was referring to using this plugin:

If you pay for the premium, then it can be automated.

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If you have a place where you can host a php page with a mysql database you can try
Yourls has a nice api too

Try this from @SantiagoPerez. It’s pretty simple and it works perfectly.


How does deep links work with email sign in apps?
is it possible?

As long as you have a rowID, I think deep links should work regardless of you using a public app or requiring people to sign in.

see my suggestion here, maybe it helps:
p.s. I don’t know how to link the topic correctly

But be aware, that deep links depend on the position of the tab in the builder, hence the “home tab” of the details screen (which is the target of the deep link) should ideally be on the first position, otherwise there is high risk that the deep link breaks without notice (if you e.g. delete or move tabs)

The deep links seem to work. It’s just that they are very long so don’t look great when you copy/paste them into eg a Facebook or LinkedIn post.

Please try this.


Hi @ThinhDinh - I’m leary of the “never-ending spinning” on iPhones.

It’s not happening to me. Please try it your side to see if it happens.

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This has been fixed.


I finally got around to trying this.

How do I reference the Glide-generated deep link in order to shorten it?

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You need to write the value to a column using a set column action.


If you don’t want to store it in a column, my suggestion is an action like this in the inline list that shows the “item”:

1/Show details view
2/Webhook/Zapier action that has the “link to current screen” as a value to pass to Integromat/Zapier.

I assume you’re writing the shortened deep link back to Glide, if you’re using, so your custom action branch that includes the Webhook/Zapier action only needs to run when the shortened link column is not empty, else just show details view.


is it possible to shorten and give a link preview that’s specific for the linked app’s page?
Like for internet websites that you can decide to have a certain image, title and description in the link’s preview, that would be awesome to have

I tried link preview on a deeplink and it only gives the app icon and description… not a screenshot of the deeplink’s screen

I know, yet the link is waaay too long for me to be confortable with it.

There should just be a way to tell the app what’s the image, the title and the description to show in the link’s preview

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