LinkCleaner soothes my deep and often-unsatisfied need for cleanliness and a lack of unnecessary junk, particularly in things I want to share with others.
It’s a macOS menubar app. It sits there and watches as you copy things, then springs into action when you copy a URL.
It takes a URL like this:
…and leaves you with just this:
It strips out the common tracker cruft like
utm_ parameters, but it also knows some special details about a few popular sites and will apply custom rules to them.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I want to copy the tracker-laden URL?
LinkCleaner will let it through if you copy the same URL twice in a row.
Alternately: open the menu, uncheck "Run automatically", and then copy the URL.
Which sites have special handling?
LinkCleaner collects and transmits no personal data at all.
LinkCleaner does watch your clipboard, but pays attention solely to URLs, and keeps no record of them.