transfer() { basefile=$(basename "$1" | sed -e 's/[^a-zA-Z0-9._-]/-/g');curl --progress-bar --upload-file "$1" "$basefile"|xsel --clipboard;xsel --clipboard ; }

Easy file sharing from the command line using

Requires: curl xsel access to the internet( This is an alias utilizing the service to make sharing files easier from the command line. I have modified the alias provided by to use xsel to copy the resulting URL to the clipboard. The full modified alias is as follows since commandlinefu only allows 255 characters: transfer() { if [ $# -eq 0 ]; then echo "No arguments specified. Usage:\necho transfer /tmp/\ncat /tmp/ | transfer"; return 1; fi if tty -s; then basefile=$(basename "$1" | sed -e 's/[^a-zA-Z0-9._-]/-/g'); curl --progress-bar --upload-file "$1" "$basefile" |xsel --clipboard; else curl --progress-bar --upload-file "-" "$1" |xsel --clipboard ; fi; xsel --clipboard; }
Sample Output
#:~$ transfer /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL
######################################################################## 100.0%

By: leftyfb
2016-03-20 19:38:48

These Might Interest You

  • This uses ssh to transfer the contents of one Mac's clipboard to another's. This only works with plain text, sadly. Trying to transfer images will just clear out the remote machine's clipboard, and rich text will be converted to plain text. Using the "Remote Login" must be enabled on the remote machine (via System Preferences' Sharing panel) for this to work.

    pbpaste | ssh user@hostname pbcopy
    DavidLudwig · 2011-04-24 16:30:48 1
  • If you have servers on Wide Area Network (WAN), you may experience very long transfer rates due to limited bandwidth and latency. To speed up you transfers you need to compress the data so you will have less to transfer. So the solution is to use a compression tools like gzip or bzip or compress before and after the data transfer. Using ssh "-C" option is not compatible with every ssh version (ssh2 for instance).

    ssh "gzip -c /tmp/backup.sql" |gunzip > backup.sql
    ultips · 2012-01-06 17:44:06 0
  • In Bash, when defining an alias, one usually loses the completion related to the function used in that alias (that completion is usually defined in /etc/bash_completion using the complete builtin). It's easy to reuse the work done for that completion in order to have smart completion for our alias. That's what is done by this command line (that's only an example but it may be very easy to reuse). Note 1 : You can use given command line in a loop "for old in apt-get apt-cache" if you want to define aliases like that for many commands. Note 2 : You can put the output of the command directly in your .bashrc file (after the ". /etc/bash_completion") to always have the alias and its completion Show Sample Output

    old='apt-get'; new="su-${old}"; command="sudo ${old}"; alias "${new}=${command}"; $( complete | sed -n "s/${old}$/${new}/p" ); alias ${new}; complete -p ${new}
    Josay · 2009-08-10 00:15:05 0
  • is a code/text sharing site like pastebin, but it is easy to post stuff from the command line. How it works: :w !command In vim, w writes the current tab to a file when a filename is given afterwards, but if !command is given, the output is piped to the stdin of command. curl -F "sprunge=<-" curl is an HTTP client. The -F option does an HTTP post to the given address. The data in the quotes is passed in the post. The "sprunge=" part sets up a fieldname - the part that follows is what is associated with the name. The "<" tells curl to send data from the file descriptor that follows it. The "-" in bash is a file descriptor that points to stdin instead of an actual file; in this case, stdin is being piped in from vim. After we send the HTTP post to, it will give back a url that points to the data you just sent. | xclip xclip is a utility that lets you put stuff in your clipboard or selection buffer. This part uses a bash pipe ( | ) to redirect the stdout of the previous command to the stdin of the next command. So, we're capturing the URL that curl gave us and putting it into the selection buffer, ready to paste into IRC or a forum. Notes: Of course, for this to work, you must have curl (which comes by default on most distroes), and xclip installed. When you share the url, you can append "?lang" to highlight and have line numbers. Check out for line numbers and for highlighting. If you prefer to use ctrl-v (paste from clipboard) instead of middle-click (paste from selection buffer), look up options on xclip - you can do that. Show Sample Output

    :w !curl -F "sprunge=<-" | xclip
    shawnjgoff · 2010-04-25 00:43:37 3
  • Where filein is the source file, is the ssh server im copying the file to, -c arcfour,blowfish-cbc is selecting the fastest encryption engines, -C is for online compressions and decompression when it comes off the line - supposed to speed up tx in some cases, then the /tmp/fileout is how the file is saved... I talk more about it on my site, where there is more room to talk about this: and Show Sample Output

    cat filein | ssh -c arcfour,blowfish-cbc -C -p 50005 "cat - > /tmp/fileout"
    bhbmaster · 2013-05-30 07:18:46 0
  • [continued]...with "bin:" and line starting with "lp:". This specific example with /etc/passwd shows the power of sed to extract data from text files. Here we see an extract from /etc/passwd beginning with the line starting with "bin:" and ending with the line starting with "lp:". Note also, placing the STDIN redirection at the start of the command makes it easy to recall and modify the command parameters line in shell history. Show Sample Output

    < /etc/passwd sed -n "/^bin:/,/^lp:/p"
    mpb · 2011-10-18 13:33:12 0

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

You must be signed in to comment.

What's this? is the place to record those command-line gems that you return to again and again. That way others can gain from your CLI wisdom and you from theirs too. All commands can be commented on, discussed and voted up or down.

Share Your Commands

Stay in the loop…

Follow the Tweets.

Every new command is wrapped in a tweet and posted to Twitter. Following the stream is a great way of staying abreast of the latest commands. For the more discerning, there are Twitter accounts for commands that get a minimum of 3 and 10 votes - that way only the great commands get tweeted.


Subscribe to the feeds.

Use your favourite RSS aggregator to stay in touch with the latest commands. There are feeds mirroring the 3 Twitter streams as well as for virtually every other subset (users, tags, functions,…):

Subscribe to the feed for: