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Stupid Simple Pastebin

Pasthis is a simple pastebin written in php using sqlite as database backend and prettify to handle the syntax highlighting.


  1. Download Pasthis.
  2. Put it in a directory on your web server.
  3. Configure the web server:
  • Apache: edit the RewriteBase directive in the .htaccess if needed.
  • Nginx: see the provided nginx.conf.
  1. Make sure that the folder is readable and writable by www-data, since this is required by php to be able to create the sqlite database.

It is recommended to call the cron method on a regular basis to avoid an unwanted growing database and to delete expired pastes (also as a security concern). To do this on a GNU/Linux machine edit the /etc/crontab file and add the following line:

	@daily www-data php /path/to/pasthis/index.php

Be aware expired pastes are deleted when requested or when the cron method is called. Without the previous cron configuration, their deletion can't be ensured. They just won't be displayed.


  1. Update to the latest version (keep the database!)
  2. Run update.php


Command line tool

A command line tool is available allowing you to send pastes from the console standard input (STDIN) or from a file. In order to take advantage of this tool, download it, make it executable and display the help output for more information:

	chmod +x ./
	./ --help
	./ --url --file paste.txt

You can set a default url by editing the line my $url = undef;


You need to install the WWW::Mechanize Perl module. In Ubuntu, just run:

	sudo apt install libwww-mechanize-perl


Tabulations are handled in the textarea allowing you to write directly into Pasthis without changing the textarea focus.


  • Pasthis MUST supports color highlighting
  • Pasthis SHOULD be able to work without JS if necessary
  • Pasthis MUST be lightweight
  • Pasthis MUST NOT use clunky-javascript-powered-crypo
  • Pasthis SHOULD NOT use predictable (by a casual attacker) pastes url
  • Pasthis MUST deter trivial spam attacks
  • Pasthis MUST have a way to delete outdated pastes without user intervention
  • Pasthis MUST allow the user to see the raw content
  • Pasthis MUST NOT store users IP in plain-text
  • Pasthis MUST NOT depend on external services



Every time a paste is sent, a value (called degree) is associated to the poster's ip hash. It is used in the following formula:

T = time() + intval(pow(degree, 2.5))

If the user posts another paste after T, the degree is reset to zero. If he tries before T, the degree is incremented, and the paste is denied.

There is also an hidden field, that set the degree to 512 (Which corresponds to ~72h) if filled.


The user can access the raw version of a paste by appending @raw to its id.

Authors and License

	Copyright (C) 2014 - 2016 Julien (jvoisin) Voisin -
	Copyright (C) 2014 - 2016 Antoine Tenart <>

	This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
	modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License
	as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2
	of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

	This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
	but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
	GNU General Public License for more details.

	You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
	along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
	Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA
	02110-1301, USA.