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An autolink is a hyperlink that was automatically added to some text to link that text to an obvious or useful destination, like hyperlinking a URL in plaintext to the URL itself, linking hashtags to search results, and @-names to their profile pages.

IndieWeb Examples


Tantek ร‡elik posts plain text notes on which are autolinked (URLs, @-names) with the CASSIS auto_link function since 2010-02-16.

Hans Gerwitz

Hans Gerwitz renders notes with a Markdown processor that autolinks URLs for him at publish-time, but intends to implement view-time after suffering the pain of importing thousands of pre-processed notes from Twitter.

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Feel free to add your site if you also support posting of notes with autolinking, and note since when.

Open Source


See CASSIS auto_link function for a fairly good (and selfdogfooded) open source autolink implementation for PHP&JS.


There is a python version of the Cassis auto-link code.

IndieWeb Utils implements an autolink function called `autolink_tags`. This function lets you add custom links to hashtags and @ person tags. View the documentation for this function.

Silo Examples

Most silos autolink URLs, some autolink hashtags & @-names as well (Twitter, Instagram).

On Publish Or View

It deserves consideration whether autolinking is applied at the time of publishing or the time of viewing.

In favor of publish-time:

  • process once
  • preserve author intent

In favor of view-time

  • adapt to changing link targets
  • allow for user preferences (e.g. what site should a #hashtag or @username link to?)


New ideas for autolinking to consider implementing.

Flight status and tracking

Flight codes could be auto-linked to the current (today's?) flight using two letter airline code and flight number e.g. (without requiring JS)

Or for a specific date by appending /YYYY/MM/DD to the end e.g.:

Live flight info with map (requires JS): FlightAware links can be automatically constructed from flight codes! E.g.



  • Could probably construct a regex of 2-3 airline codes (uppercase only) followed by (optional space) followed by 1-4 digits (0-9)

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