Github Gists commandline client.

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Github Gist client allowing for quick uploads via commandline!


Via pip:

pip3 install gistbin


git clone
cd gistbin
pip install .

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Because Gistbin uses the GitHub API, authentication is required. This requires a Github Personal Access Token, instructions of where to find and how to generate can be found here. To authenticate, simply run gistbin --login after installing and enter the prompted information. Here is an example:

octocat@octoserv:~$ gistbin --login
Enter GitHub username: octocat
Enter GitHub access token: ****************
Keyfile saved.

The key file is saved at $HOME/.gistbin/auth.json.


To use, simply pipe the file you want to upload into Gistbin like so:

octocat@octoserv:~$ cat hello_world.rb | gistbin

By default, the gist that you upload is given a random name and a .txt extension with a blank description. You can edit this later on the gist’s webpage, or you can also pass the --name and --desc to add a name and description respectively. You can also use the shortcut parameters, -n and -d.

octocat@octoserv:~$ cat test.cs | gistbin -n "test.cs"

If you don’t want others to see your gist, and you just want it for your eyes only, you can pass --private or -p.

octocat@octoserv:~$ cat private.txt | gistbin -n "private.txt" -p

If you want to get the raw url for the uploaded file, such as if you want to then download the file immediately onto another machine, you can pass the -r or --raw argument.

octocat@octoserv:~$ cat | gistbin -n "" -r

If you are on a platform that does not support piping in to STDIN, you can instead give GistBin a path to a file with the -f or --file command. This works with a single file or multiple files, but will not work with the --raw flag. This is also the only way to get GistBin working on Windows.

octocat@octoserv:~$ gistbin -f singleBrick.scad singleBrick.stl # this is an ASCII STL, GistBin does not work with binary files.

You can also get the instructions for all of these commands with the help flag:

octocat@octoserv:~$ gistbin -h
usage: gistbin [-h] [-n NAME] [-v] [-d DESC] [--login] [-p] [-r]

A commandline tool for GitHub Gists.

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -n NAME, --name NAME  Gives your gist a name. Input as a string. Default is
  -v, --verbose         Enables verbose output.
  -d DESC, --desc DESC  Gives your gist a description. Input as a string.
  --login               Login to GitHub Gists.
  -p, --private         Sets your Gist to private so only those with the link
                        can see.
  -r, --raw             Makes Gistbin return the raw URL instead of the HTML
                        URL of the file.
  -f FILES [FILES ...], --file FILES [FILES ...]
                        Gives Gistbin a list of files to upload. Also works
                        with a single file.

Gistbin doesn’t just work with cat you can pipe any terminal output (that ends) into it! For example, if you wanted to list all the files in a directory, you could use ls -1 | gistbin -n "filelist.txt". If you wanted to get all the logs from yesterday from the journal, you could run journalctl --since yesterday | gistbin -n "yesterday-today-journal.log". The possibilities are endless!