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A git-based pastebin.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'boop'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install boop


The recommended hosting solution is:

  • iwantmyname for DNS (integrates with Netlify)
  • Netlify for hosting (continuous deployment from GitHub; acquire + deploy a LetsEncrypt cert in one click)
  • GitHub, GitLab, or Bitbucket for hosting (Netlify supports continuous deployment from these services)
  • LetsEncrypt — Netlify handles this for you very easily.

It does not need to be a public repository, as long as Netlify can access it.


  • The directory ~/.boop should be a git repository.
  • The environment variable BOOP_URL should be a URL that points to the contents of the repository.


$ ls | boop paste
$ echo '<p>hello, world!</p>' | boop html
$ echo '<p>hi</p>' | boop html hi

It changes to the ~/.boop directory, saves the contents of stdin to the specified file (using a UUID as the name if no name is specified), and does a git push, prints the URL it should be available at.

It DOES NOT preserve the contents of existing files.


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run rake spec to run the tests. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release, which will create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at This project is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for collaboration, and contributors are expected to adhere to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.

Code of Conduct

Everyone interacting in the Boop project’s codebases, issue trackers, chat rooms and mailing lists is expected to follow the code of conduct.

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