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Name: Obscure Your Links - Version: 3.2.0-FREE / / / - Type: Plugin - License: GPLv3
Description: With this plugin you may obscure internal and external links. - Joomla! Extensions Directory

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Obscures internal and external links - sets up redirection for long URLs

Plugin: OYL - Obscure Your Links
Function: With this plugin links can be obscured. You can also use it to shorten (example: web code) long URLs.
Languages: English and German

With this plugin you may obscure internal and external links. There are two obfuscation methods: manual and automatic redirections. With the manual method you can manually obscure certain links. The linking is done via a self-selected alias. In the automatic method, all links by a specific domain are completely obscured and automatically redirected via an additional script.

Of course, the plugin can also be used for internal redirects. So you can build up a webcode system. Long URLs can be called with short aliases. The web code can be distributed easily and comfortably in forums, etc..

In the manual method you can also specify whether you want to call the aliases via a query. This is necessary if mod_rewrite (.htaccess) is not activated. If you want to call the aliases directly, then you have to activate mod_rewrite.

In version 1.7-2 a second method was added. It allows fully automatic redirections of links to domains that have been previously defined in the settings of the plugin. The plugin will find all links of the specified domains on the loaded side and will convert them automatically. For the concealment the Blowfish algorithm is used. The link is converted by an additional script and afterwards redirected. The Blowfish algorithm requires a security token for the concealment. Without the security token the decryption of the encrypted links is not possible.

In version 1.7-3 another option was added: "Obscure all external links." This option allows you to obscure all external links automatically. The blacklist turns then to a white list. All links from domains that are entered in the list are not obscured!

On 28 January 2012 version 2.5-1 for Joomla! 2.5 was released.


  • Obscure internal and external links - call is done by an alias
  • Completely automatic obfuscation of links that lead to certain domains
  • Automatic obfuscation of all external links (with whitelist feature)
  • Set up redirects using short pregnant codes at long URLs
  • No limitation at the number of redirects
  • Query method
  • Query can be set manually
  • Individual security token for Blowfish algorithm
  • Languages: English and German


Install the plugin in the backend and adjust it in Extensions - Plugins - System - Obscure Your Links - OYL.


Manual Redirection

Using the settings of the plugin you may define the desired alias and the real link. For each forwarding you must use a new line.



You may set a link with desired options (new window, nofollow-attribute, title) to an alias. If this alias link is called, OYL will automatically forward to the defined site.

There are two ways of linking. If you select the query method, then you can use the aliases with the query function call (http://www.your-website.com/?QUERYSTRING=ALIAS). The query string is by default oyl, but can be set individually. This option has to be selected if mod_rewrite (.htaccess) is not used. If mod-rewrite (.htaccess) is enabled, then the aliases can also be directly addressed: http://www.your-website.com/ALIAS (no question mark). Therefore, the query method has to be disabled.

In the example above the plugin would forward the link http://www.your-website.com/12345 (with query method: http://www.your-website.com/?oyl=12345) to http://www.kubik-rubik.de and so on.

To redirect the call of the frontpage, you can enter:


The plugin can be use for long internal links:


Attention: You can not use folder names (e.g. components, modules oder plugins) as aliases!

Automatic redirection

With this method links to specific domains are obscured automatically. The Blowfish algorithm is used for the obfuscation.



If you now set any link to one of the specified domains, it is obscured and automatically redirected via an additional script. You also can use the list as a white list (all external links are obscured except of the list entries).

The security token is needed for the Blowfish algorithm and is generated automatically in the installation process.

It can't be eaysier to obscure your links!


+ = Added - ! = Removed - ^ = Changed - # = Fixed

Latest release

Version - 2024-05-30

  • + Subscriber Interface: The plugin has been rewritten to utilise the subscriber interface, enhancing its integration and performance capabilities.
  • + Improved Pro Security Token validation check. The Pro package contains a token file with an individual security token linked to the user account that is checked against the validation server for authenticity. If the file is missing or the token is invalid, you cannot edit the settings and use the extension. The Pro Security Token field has been extended to handle incorrect tokens and blocked accounts. If you encounter an error message related to the token, download the Pro version with your Pro subscription from the linked download page and install it again!
  • Attention: The Pro extension will not work correctly if the token file or custom field is missing or modified. Never edit or remove the files to ensure correct functionality.


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