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Link Anonymizer and Censor
Mod Version: 1.20, by Marco van Herwaarden (Member) Marco van Herwaarden is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.x Rating: (14 votes - 4.79 average) Installs: 178
Released: 30 Mar 2007 Last Update: 31 Mar 2007 Downloads: 1418
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Link Anonymizer and Censor 1.20

Author: MarcoH64

vBulletin Version: 3.6.x

This Product will add a self configurable anonymising link to all external urls in posts. Optionally it will also give you a Whitelist or Blacklist option for URL's. With this option you can censor URL's replacing those on the Blacklist (or not on the Whitelist) with a predefined text and/or link.

Install the XML-file as Product.
Upload the contents of the 'upload' folder to your forumhome directory.

vBulletin Options->Link Anonymizer and Censor:
  • Local Addresses
Local addresses are not anonymized. If you leave this option blank, the value for vBulletin Options Cookie Domain will be used. Do not use a http:// prefix.
If you start the name with a dot ( all server addresses ending with this will be considered local. If you want to add mulitple domain/servernames, seperate them by a single space.

Link to a anonymizer function. Use preceding / if needed. Other Usable Anonymizers:
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
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Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

  • Allways anonymize Unparseble URLs
  • Other options are explained in the vBulletin Options
Alternative local redirect script that can be used with this modification can be found at

Please click install if you are using this hack.

Change log:
vBulletin 3.5 versions
6-9-2005 v1.01
- 1 setting was missing from product file due to wrong Product. Fixed
7-9-2005 v1.02
- Under some conditions a newly posted post with only a link would not get anonymized. Fixed.
7-9-2005 v1.02a
- Fixed bug when handling generic local domain (starting with a dot '.'') Sorry for the many updates.
8-10-2005 v1.03
- Totally new way of doing this, on view instead of on write.
- Solved doubling the anonym link on edit
10-10-2005 v1.04
- Link not didn't get anonym prefix if URL= didn't contain http://. Solved.
- Added truncate table post_parsed to install routine.
1-11-2005 v1.05
- Standard Editor fixed
- Simple URL's in standard editor fixed.
- Default anonymizer changed
2-11-2005 v1.05.1
- Fixed bug where only the last url to the same domain in a single post was anonymised.
9-11-2005 v1.05.2
- Added option to ignore certain protocols in the vBulletin Options (ie. ignore https, ftp, ....).
- Attempt to fix reported bug where an inline fragment (#fragment) would also be anonymized.
10.11.2005 v1.05.3
- Another attempt to ignore fragments
25.11.2005 v1.10
- Fixed a bug where some urls could lead to a parse error. Example of an url leading to this error:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

- Added new parameter to vB Options: Always anonimyze unparseble URLs
- This is considered a very stable release. No bug reports pending
- All previous versions are from now on unsupported

vBulletin 3.6 versions:

30.03.2007 v1.20:
- Upgraded for vB 3.6
- Links can now optionally be anonymized in: Posts, Private Messages and/or Signatures
- Added White- and/or Blacklist Censor
If you are running an older version and want to upgrade, simply do an overwrite install.

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Link Anonymizer Marco van Herwaarden vBulletin 3.5 Add-ons 217 14 Sep 2009 23:49

Old 29 Apr 2007, 16:29
Marco van Herwaarden Marco van Herwaarden is offline
Join Date: Jul 2004
Originally Posted by SCORPION1 View Post
i have installed this mod seems to be running but when i click on any link in the site it does not link to the site in question meaning all i get is a link to the Anonymizer site does this mean all members will have to copy and paste links in a new window or have i set this up wrong
How did you set it up?

If setup correctly then all (non censored links) should keep the original URL, but prefixed with the anonymising link.
Marco van Herwaarden
Ex Coordinator
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Old 02 May 2007, 12:53
richTV richTV is offline
Join Date: Aug 2006
could this be modified so that even the shout box will follow this anonymizing product?

vBShout, 2.1, AJAX Shoutbox for vBulletin

tnx for sharing this add-on, btw.
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Old 03 May 2007, 04:36
bulbasnore bulbasnore is offline
Join Date: Dec 2004
What we'd like to do possibly is allow [IMG] or IMG SRC= and force all those links (and I guess any other links) to come from our site. This way we could allow members to display pictures from the gallery (ONLY) in their posts.

WILL it serve this function?

It would be helpful if it did have the ability to process input to profile fields... we'd like to blacklist some sites people put in those fields.

WOULD you consider hooking it there also?
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Old 05 May 2007, 08:04
Majest Majest is offline
Join Date: Apr 2006
Installed, no problems discovered so far.
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Old 05 May 2007, 22:00
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AsianKid AsianKid is offline
Join Date: Jul 2006
Any way you can edit this to like's mod...
They have it so the links are encrypted..

^ Thread ID + Link Number

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Old 20 May 2007, 20:39
TaBsiCore TaBsiCore is offline
Join Date: Feb 2007
I have a little problem. If i post in one row two or more links, only the first link will be anonymized. Maybe a bug?
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Old 30 May 2007, 18:15
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dope15gd dope15gd is offline
Join Date: Jan 2006
I've been using this for a while and i have a suggestion.

I noticed the option to disable the anonymizer in certain threads. Would it be possible to select which forums this effects. I have some forums I don't want anonymized and some I do.

Just a thought, thanks
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Old 08 Jun 2007, 11:35
winduff winduff is offline
Join Date: Nov 2006
hey, thanks for this great hack.

I'm using it in combination with the AJAX Hide Hack Resurrection (is that the name?!)

Well, after the thanks-button is pressed, the link gets visible. But the visible link is then NOT anonymized. Has anyone an idea how to fix this?

Thanks in advance
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Old 10 Jun 2007, 11:25
CanDee CanDee is offline
Join Date: May 2007
installed (already marked)


how do is get only the urls anonyminized, that i want to?
i only want to use this hack for 1-click hosters. all other urls should be treated as normal

oh..1 problem. i'm using vB in combination with vbcms. this addon has a function called "preview" in "Last Forum Threads" on startpage
when there is a link posted and i view it in the Preview it is not anonym'ed


Last edited by CanDee; 10 Jun 2007 at 13:43. Reason: update info
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Old 21 Jun 2007, 16:43
SCRIPT3R SCRIPT3R is offline
Join Date: Jan 2005
what would be the reason that only the first image-linked in a row of however many is anonymized and the rest aren't until the next row? very weird. will re-install once there's a fix.
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Old 15 Jul 2007, 07:08
h2ojunkie h2ojunkie is offline
Join Date: Sep 2004
One small bug I've noticed:

This text:

Gets replaced with:
As you can see, both the black listed link, and the non-blacklisted link get replaced and the text between those 2 links is lost as well.

I think this is a great mod, but for me this bug prevents me from using the mod.
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Old 21 Jul 2007, 10:12
Lotd Lotd is offline
Join Date: Jul 2007
Thanks Marco.

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Old 25 Jul 2007, 02:08
gaxpox gaxpox is offline
Join Date: Jun 2007

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Old 28 Jul 2007, 02:41
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duditas duditas is offline
Join Date: Jul 2006
Working in 3.6.8 vB version. Thanks

** Installed **
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Old 29 Jul 2007, 16:34
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Makc666 Makc666 is offline
Join Date: Dec 2002
Real name: Maxim
Marco van Herwaarden, it will be wonderfull if there will be an option to disable or enable this MOD only for particular forums (sub-forums).
...... ...... "А стукачков мы не любим!"
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