Automatically shorten urls for publicly shared items from OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online
Automatically shorten the urls for publicly shared items from SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, similar to what is available in OneDrive.
When the feature is complete the urls generated by Get a Link / Create Link should be shortened automatically (possibly using http://1dr.ms) and a similar feature should be introduced in Sharepoint Online document libraries.
We introduced shorter sharing links in OneDrive and SharePoint in 2018.
Arthur Weiss commented
I've done a workaround by pasting the link into tinyurl which lets me customise the link. Works fine but not when I'm sharing dozens of links.
Why can't Microsoft allow link editing to give sensible names?
Interesting how MS understands SHORT urls. This solution still gives huge long URLs. This feature request should go back to the developer team.
that's hilarious. so bad. Look at how box does it. company.box.com/r2345ajsdf or even the option to change it company.box.com/amazing-file
why can't MS do this?
Nicki Messerschmidt commented
I also think that this is not done at all. The links I generate are still way too long and are still wrapping in normal mail bodies. That makes the almost unusable.
Regard the security concerns. A company could enforce an expiration date for shortened links.
Joe Z commented
Umm, these new links are not "short" LOL. I can't really understand why it's not possible to enable creation of the 1drv or similar short links. I know not every business could allow it, but, still
Hugo Costelha commented
Why can't we vote for this? The available URLs are still too wide...
Not solved at all - the https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/dev/spfx/shorter-share-link-format is not a short URL …. so you use formulas in excel using files on onedrive for business it simply doesn't work as the links are too long!!!
John Smith commented
It is not done. Not Boom! More like wimper! 100 characters is not a short URL. It cannot be remembered or easily manually noted down. Has no marketing potential. Doesn't enable multiple URLs to track different sources of clicks. I shake my head repeatedly at how often and how disconnected from users Microsoft seems to be.
Bruce Morris commented
The security concern argument that shortened links make the files easier to find is utter BS. I have files on OneDrive that I WANT the public to find. As of April 2019, bitly can't be used either - apparently there is some shared code between the two companies that prevents bitly from creating shortened links to OneDrive files.
Why, why, why Microsoft? This makes OneDrive almost useless for providing lecture materials to participants, posting videos that go with those lecture materials and thus don't belong on YouTube, and similar use cases.
If you don't want your materials easily found, then don't use a link shortener. But if you DO want your materials to be easily accessible, then OneDrive should allow that, in much the same way bitly works - allowing customized meaningfully named links in addition to random character links.
What exactly is the purpose of a public cloud that can't be used … publicly?
It's over 2 years later and NO PROGRESS. Fire the **** nerds and hire engineers who understand what people actually need.
Please DON'T do this! Shortened links are a massive security issue.
It is way harder to guess long links (which you always can shorten yourself) than short links.
Brad Pinkston commented
Any updates on this? It's been almost 2 years since it was mentioned you were starting to look at this.
Jennifer Munro commented
Please please can you prioritise this as one drive is almost becoming obsolete for our use.
Andrej Pirman commented
there indeed is security concern due to the fact, that short URLs cen be brute-force guessed, and as noted by Softpedia, while exploring OneDrive short URLs for leakages, the researchers scanned 100 million six-character URLs. They were able to track down nearly 20,000 real URLs that led to OneDrive folders.
This is security risk and I would stay behind Microsoft's decision to NOT shorten URLs beyond some reasonable length.
However, MS could reconsider about shortening anyways, at least to have AN OPTION to use either full URL, like:
or newer version
and to SHORTEN it to become at least one bit more user friendly, for example:
I guess this would be compromise still on safe-side and pretty easy to implement in OneDrive.
George Forth commented
It looks so unprofessional to have that massive link.
SharePoint Lists allow you to add a hyperlink column - really useful except it requires urls that are less than 255 characters - so I can't hyperlink to any of my own documents within the same site.
They don’t have to look great, just not too embarrassing to share professionally. This is far from a major undertaking; I’m not sure why it’s processed as such. There isn’t much to think about.
Interestingly this appears to be hinted at already in documentation though I can find any way to use it. The OneDrive shortened URL https://1drv.ms is mentioned in this article: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/share-onedrive-files-and-folders-9fcc2f7d-de0c-4cec-93b0-a82024800c07
Dexter Anderson commented
Why do I always get the impression Microsoft doesn't give a flying **** what their customers ask for! The simplest of things is a giant endeavor. I'm still waiting for the ability to make the tabs on Onenote alphabetical, its only been three years and still nothing.
Google can make a short redirection URL, Microsoft don't...
Microsoft have to change their programmers.
Academic User commented
Still not possible? On my university campus, the link name includes the word "student" even for faculty and administrators. It looks terrible.