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gist - upload code to https://gist.github.com


The gist gem provides a gist command that you can use from your terminal to upload content
to https://gist.github.com/.


· 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 *.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 -u GIST_ID FILE_NAME gist -u 42f2c239d2eb57299408 test.txt

· 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 -l defunkt : list defunkt´s public

· See gist --help for more detail.


If you want to associate your gists with your GitHub account, you need to login with gist.
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:
Success! https://github.com/settings/applications

This token is stored in ~/.gist and used for all future gisting. If you need to you can
revoke it from https://github.com/settings/applications, or just delete the file. If you
need to store tokens for both github.com and a Github Enterprise instance you can save
your Github Enterprise token in ~/.gist.github.example.com where "github.example.com" 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("Look.at(:my => ´awesome´).code")

If you need more advanced features you can also pass:

· :access_token to authenticate using OAuth2 (default is `File.read("~/.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" => "Foo.bar", "a.py" => "Foo.bar")

· 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 to use your locally installed GitHub Enterprise
https://enterprise.github.com/, you need to export the GITHUB_URL environment variable
in your ~/.bashrc.

export GITHUB_URL=http://github.internal.example.com/

· Once you´ve done this and restarted your terminal (or run source ~/.bashrc), gist will
automatically use github enterprise instead of the public github.com


· If you´d like -o or -c to be the default when you use the gist executable, add an
alias to your ~/.bashrc (or equivalent). For example:

alias gist=´gist -c´

· If you´d prefer gist 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 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.

November 2015 GIST(1)

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