Unshorten It: Decode a Shortened Url & See Which Website It Leads To

When you see a shortened URL online, you cannot figure out where it leads before actually clicking on it. This can lead to unexpected situations if you are clicking the links at work; at times it can even compromise your data since the link can lead to a malicious website. Here to help prevent that is a tool called Unshorten It.

decode a shortened url

Unshorten It is a free to use web service that helps find out where a shortened URL will lead you. All you have to do is visit the site and paste in the shortened URL. Then you let the site process it. You are provided with the direct URL of the destination website, its description, and its WOT ratings.

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Additionally you are provided a preview of the destination website through an image thumbnail.


  • A user-friendly web service.
  • Lets you find out where shortened URLs lead.
  • Provides direct URL and description of direct URL.
  • Provides WOT rating of original website.
  • Check out Unshorten It @ www.unshorten.it

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  1. Cameron Gray
    April 28, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Thank you very much for writing about is, it has really helped us out! We are constantly developing Unshorten.It! and are currently working on integrating even more safety checks as well as developing more browser extensions (we currently have ones for both Firefox and Chrome)

    Once again, thank you! If anyone has any feedback or suggestions, feel free to drop us an email through the "Contact Us" page on our site.

  2. Frank Woodman Jr
    April 27, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    This certainly sounds like a great service as "shortened" links are certainly possible security risks as well as "wow I didn't want to go there" risks. It will be interesting to see how it works out over time but in looking at the site and trying it out it's pretty good right now....