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Command line pastebin for sharing terminal output.

Client-side usage

Self-explanatory live examples (using public server):

echo just testing! | nc termbin.com 9999
cat file.txt | nc termbin.com 9999

In case you installed and started fiche on localhost:

ls -la | nc localhost 9999

You will get an url to your paste as a response, e.g.:


You can use our beautification service to get any paste colored and numbered. Just ask for it using l.termbin.com subdomain, e.g.:


Useful aliases

You can make your life easier by adding a termbin alias to your rc file. We list some of them here:

Pure-bash alternative to netcat


alias tb="(exec 3<>/dev/tcp/termbin.com/9999; cat >&3; cat <&3; exec 3<&-)"
echo less typing now! | tb

See #42, #43 for more info.

tb alias

Linux (Bash):

echo 'alias tb="nc termbin.com 9999"' >> .bashrc
echo less typing now! | tb


echo 'alias tb="nc termbin.com 9999"' >> .bash_profile
echo less typing now! | tb

Copy output to clipboard

Linux (Bash):

echo 'alias tbc="netcat termbin.com 9999 | xclip -selection c"' >> .bashrc
echo less typing now! | tbc


echo 'alias tbc="nc termbin.com 9999 | pbcopy"' >> .bash_profile
echo less typing now! | tbc

Remember to reload the shell with source ~/.bashrc or source ~/.bash_profile after adding any of provided above!


To use fiche you have to have netcat installed. You probably already have it - try typing nc or netcat into your terminal!

Server-side usage


  1. Clone:

    git clone https://github.com/solusipse/fiche.git
  2. Build:

  3. Install:

    sudo make install

Using Ports on FreeBSD

To install the port: cd /usr/ports/net/fiche/ && make install clean. To add the package: pkg install fiche.

See #86 for more info.


usage: fiche [-D6epbsdSolBuw].
             [-d domain] [-L listen_addr ] [-p port] [-s slug size]
             [-o output directory] [-B buffer size] [-u user name]
             [-l log file] [-b banlist] [-w whitelist] [-S]

These are command line arguments. You don't have to provide any of them to run the application. Default settings will be used in such case. See section below for more info.


Output directory -o

Relative or absolute path to the directory where you want to store user-posted pastes.

fiche -o ./code
fiche -o /home/www/code/

Default value: ./code

Domain -d

This will be used as a prefix for an output received by the client. Value will be prepended with http.

fiche -d domain.com
fiche -d subdomain.domain.com
fiche -d subdomain.domain.com/some_directory

Default value: localhost

Slug size -s

This will force slugs to be of required length:

fiche -s 6

Output url with default value: http://localhost/xxxx, where x is a randomized character

Output url with example value 6: http://localhost/xxxxxx, where x is a randomized character

Default value: 4


If set, fiche returns url with https prefix instead of http

fiche -S

Output url with this parameter: https://localhost/xxxx, where x is a randomized character

User name -u

Fiche will try to switch to the requested user on startup if any is provided.

fiche -u _fiche

Default value: not set

WARNING: This requires that fiche is started as a root.

Buffer size -B

This parameter defines size of the buffer used for getting data from the user. Maximum size (in bytes) of all input files is defined by this value.

fiche -B 2048

Default value: 32768

Log file -l

fiche -l /home/www/fiche-log.txt

Default value: not set

WARNING: this file has to be user-writable

Ban list -b

Relative or absolute path to a file containing IP addresses of banned users.

fiche -b fiche-bans.txt

Format of the file: this file should contain only addresses, one per line.

Default value: not set

WARNING: not implemented yet

White list -w

If whitelist mode is enabled, only addresses from the list will be able to upload files.

fiche -w fiche-whitelist.txt

Format of the file: this file should contain only addresses, one per line.

Default value: not set

WARNING: not implemented yet

Running as a service

There's a simple systemd example:


ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/fiche -d yourdomain.com -o /path/to/output -l /path/to/log -u youruser


WARNING: In service mode you have to set output directory with -o parameter.

Example nginx config

Fiche has no http server built-in, thus you need to setup one if you want to make files available through http.

There's a sample configuration for nginx:

server {
    listen 80;
    server_name mysite.com www.mysite.com;
    charset utf-8;

    location / {
            root /home/www/code/;
            index index.txt index.html;


Fiche is MIT licensed.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the fiche README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.