Generate unique ID for URL

John Gordon gordon at
Wed Nov 14 00:34:02 CET 2012

In <0692e6a2-343c-4eb0-be57-fe5c815efb99 at> Richard <richardbp at> writes:

> I want to create a URL-safe unique ID for URL's.
> Currently I use:
> url_id = base64.urlsafe_b64encode(url)

> >>> base64.urlsafe_b64encode('')
> 'ZG9jcy5weXRob24ub3JnL2xpYnJhcnkvdXVpZC5odG1s'

> I would prefer more concise ID's. 
> What do you recommend? - Compression?

Does the ID need to contain all the information necessary to recreate the
original URL?

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