gist-paste(1) upload code to


The gist gem provides a gist-paste command that you can use from your terminal to upload content to


If you have ruby installed:
gem install gist
If you're using Bundler:
source :rubygems gem 'gist'
For OS X, gist lives in Homebrew
brew install gist


To upload the contents of a.rb just:
gist-paste a.rb
Upload multiple files:
gist-paste a b c gist-paste *.rb
By default it reads from STDIN, and you can set a filename with -f.
gist-paste -f test.rb <a.rb
Alternatively, you can just paste from the clipboard:
gist-paste -P
Use -p to make the gist private:
gist-paste -p a.rb
Use -d to add a description:
gist-paste -d "Random rbx bug" a.rb
You can update existing gists with -u:
gist-paste lib/gist.rb bin/gist-paste -u 42f2c239d2eb57299408
If you'd like to copy the resulting URL to your clipboard, use -c.
gist-paste -c <a.rb
If you'd like to copy the resulting embeddable URL to your clipboard, use -e.
gist-paste -e <a.rb
And you can just ask gist to open a browser window directly with -o.
gist-paste -o <a.rb
To list (public gists or all gists for authed user) gists for user
gist-paste -l : all gists for authed user gist-paste -l defunkt : list defunkt's public gists
See gist-paste --help for more detail.


If you want to associate your gists with your GitHub account, you need to login with gist-paste. It doesn't store your username and password, it just uses them to get an OAuth2 token (with the "gist" permission).
gist-paste --login
Obtaining OAuth2 access_token from github.
GitHub username: ConradIrwin
GitHub password:
2-factor auth code:

You can read the 2-factor auth code from an sms or the authentification app, depending on how you set your account up

Note: 2-factor authentication just appeared recently, so if you run into errors, update the gist gem.

gem update gist

This token is stored in ~/.gist and used for all future gisting. If you need to you can revoke it from, or just delete the file. If you need to store tokens for both and a Github Enterprise instance you can save your Github Enterprise token in ~/ where "" is the URL for your Github Enterprise instance.

After you've done this, you can still upload gists anonymously with -a.
gist-paste -a a.rb
You can also use Gist as a library from inside your ruby code:
Gist.gist(" => 'awesome').code")

If you need more advanced features you can also pass:

:access_token to authenticate using OAuth2 (default is `"~/.gist")).
:filename to change the syntax highlighting (default is a.rb).
:public if you want your gist to have a guessable url.
:description to add a description to your gist.
:update to update an existing gist (can be a URL or an id).
:anonymous to submit an anonymous gist (default is false).
:copy to copy the resulting URL to the clipboard (default is false).
:open to open the resulting URL in a browser (default is false).

NOTE: The access_token must have the "gist" scope.

If you want to upload multiple files in the same gist, you can:
Gist.multi_gist("a.rb" => "", "" => "")
If you'd rather use gist's builtin access_token, then you can force the user to obtain one by calling:
This will take them through the process of obtaining an OAuth2 token, and storing it in ~/.gist, where it can later be read by Gist.gist

GitHub enterprise

If you'd like gist-paste to use your locally installed GitHub Enterprise, you need to export the GITHUB_URL environment variable in your ~/.bashrc.
export GITHUB_URL=
Once you've done this and restarted your terminal (or run source ~/.bashrc), gist-paste will automatically use github enterprise instead of the public


If you'd like -o or -c to be the default when you use the gist-paste executable, add an alias to your ~/.bashrc (or equivalent). For example:
alias gist-paste='gist-paste -c'
If you'd prefer gist-paste to open a different browser, then you can export the BROWSER environment variable:
export BROWSER=google-chrome

If clipboard or browser integration don't work on your platform, please file a bug or (more ideally) a pull request.

If you need to use an HTTP proxy to access the internet, export the HTTP_PROXY or http_proxy environment variable and gist-paste will use it.


Thanks to @defunkt and @indirect for writing and maintaining versions 1 through 3. Thanks to @rking and @ConradIrwin for maintaining version 4.

Licensed under the MIT license. Bug-reports, and pull requests are welcome.