How to Use Pastebins on Linux

Pastebins are online services that allow users to share and store plain text documents or code snippets. They are commonly used for sharing code snippets, error messages, or configuration files. There are several pastebin services available on the internet, such as Pastebin, Ubuntu Paste, and GitHub Gist. In this how-to guide, we will show you how to use pastebins from the command line on Linux, using various tools and services.

Using Pastebinit

Pastebinit is a command-line utility that allows you to upload text to various pastebin services and share it with others using a URL. It is commonly used on Linux-based operating systems, such as Ubuntu, to easily share terminal output or code snippets with others.

With pastebinit, you can pipe output from a command directly to a pastebin service without having to open a web browser and manually copy and paste the text. Pastebinit supports various pastebin services, including,, and many others.

Pastebinit is a useful tool for sharing code, logs, and other text-based information with others quickly and easily. It can also be useful for debugging and troubleshooting purposes.

Step 1: Open Terminal

Open the terminal by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on your keyboard or by searching for it in the applications menu.

Step 2: Install Pastebinit

On Debian/Ubuntu-based distros, run:

sudo apt install pastebinit

On Fedora/RPM-based distros, run:

sudo dnf install pastebinit

On Arch-based distros, run:

sudo pacman -S pastebinit

Step 3: Upload File

Once installed, you can use Pastebinit to upload a file or the output of a command to a pastebin service. For example, to upload the contents of a file called example.txt to the Ubuntu Pastebin service, run:

pastebinit example.txt

This will upload the file and return a URL that you can share with others.

Using Termbin

Termbin is another command line tool that allows you to share text through a pastebin service. Unlike Pastebinit, Termbin doesn’t require you to install anything on your system. Instead, it works by piping the output of a command to the Termbin service.

Step 1: Open Terminal

Open the terminal by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on your keyboard or by searching for it in the applications menu.

Step 2: Pipe Output

To use Termbin, you can simply pipe the output of a command to the domain using the netcat command. For example, to share the output of the ls command with Termbin, you can run:

ls | nc 9999

This will upload the output of the ls command and return a URL that you can share with others.

Using Haste

Haste is a pastebin service that has both a web interface and a command line tool. To use the command line tool, you first need to install it. Haste is available as a Node.js package, so you need to have Node.js installed on your system before you can use it. If you don’t have Node.js installed, SEE: How to Install Node.js on Linux

Step 1: Open Terminal

Open the terminal by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on your keyboard or by searching for it in the applications menu.

Step 2: Install Haste

To install Haste, run:

sudo npm install -g haste-server

Step 3: Upload Text

Once installed, you can use the haste command to upload text to the Haste pastebin service. For example, to upload the contents of a file called example.txt to Haste, run:

haste example.txt

This will upload the file and return a URL that you can share with others.


In conclusion, using pastebin services from the command line on Linux can be a convenient way to share text with others. Whether you choose Pastebinit, Termbin, or Haste, these tools are easy to use and can help you quickly share text without the need for a graphical user interface.

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