What is the algorithm used to create the "Tiny links"


I've seen this question: Is there a way to get a Confluence page's tiny link programmatically? and I have one in a similar vein.

What is the algorithm used to create the tiny links?

I'm assuming it's some kind of base 64/62 encoder of some sort? If anyone knows where in the source to look for the code, a path would be greatly appreciated.


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David Simpson Community Champion Sep 17, 2012

Check out the source of com.atlassian.confluence.pages.TinyUrl...


id is the pageId.

I used the following functions in PHP based on the Steve's code:

function id2tinylink($id)
    $bytes = pack("L", (int)$id);  // convert the long to bytes
    return rtrim($base64string_escaped, "A=");

function tinylink2id($tinylink){
    $base64string_encoded = str_pad($tinylink, 8, "A", STR_PAD_RIGHT);
    $base64string = strtr($base64string_encoded, '_-', '+/');
    $bytes = base64_decode($base64string);
    return unpack("L",$bytes)[1];

If anyone would like to emulate this functionality in PHP for whatever reason:

function tinylinkid($id)
	$bytes = pack("L", $id);  // convert the long to bytes
	$bytes = rtrim($bytes);  // trim any null characters
	$bytestring = "";
	$len = strlen($bytes); 
	for($i = 0; $i < $len; $i++) {
		$bytestring = $bytestring . $bytes[$i]; // build the byte string
	$base64string = base64_encode($bytestring); // base64 encode the byte string
	$base64string = rtrim($base64string, "="); // trim any base64 padding characters
	return $base64string;

Thanks for David for the pointer.


Could you describe a method of decoding?

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