PasteBin Makes Using Easier & Straight From The Desktop [Windows]

Craig Snyder 30-11-2012

pastebin toolsPastebin is recognized Internet-wide as the place to go to paste your data and code snippets. Many people probably know of the service through releases by groups like LulzSec, but it serves a much greater purpose than just dumping hashed passwords and email lists. is useful in any scenario where you’ve got a ridiculous chunk of text that you need to spit out in a clean and efficient way. Sending 300 lines of code by email or IM could get a little confusing.


Third-party developers have made desktop Windows applications to emulate some of the best web services, like MyImgur MyImgur Lets You Use The Best Image Host Right From Your Desktop [Windows] Hugely thanks to internet superpower Reddit, Imgur is definitely regarded as the web's most elite all-purpose image host. The website's emergence took a huge chunk out of similar sites like Tinypic. Imgur just does free... Read More has done with Imgur. is no different, and today I’d like to show you a neat little desktop application that makes the experience much easier.


PasteBin is a tool that brings the service to your desktop and simplifies it. The download is very small and works on every version of Windows, XP and beyond. During the installation process, you can choose to install PasteBin or you can run it as a portable application.

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After launching the application, the core functionality is quite apparent.

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In the textarea, paste the data you’re trying to submit to From there, choose what syntax you’d like to apply to the paste.

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To the right of the Submit button, there is an arrow pointing downwards. Clicking that arrow will bring down another set of additional options. You are able to define the paste expiration, the exposure (public, unlisted, or private), and the name of your paste. These are all optional.

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PasteBin will keep track of all of the pastes that you push through this application in the List tab of the interface. This is a really great feature.

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The table shows, for each paste you’ve submitted, the title, format, key (in the URL), privacy, size, expiration, full URL, and hits. Why is this so special and cool? This kind of information is otherwise only available to users with an account on With the PasteBin application, even unregistered “guests” are given the full experience.

Another great feature is the Export button, which will allow you to export your list to an HTML, CSV, TXT, or XML file for keeping. Here’s a screenshot of my list exported as an HTML file.


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Though all of this functionality is catered towards making unregistered access more useful, you can also sign in to your account through the application.

Another interesting perk of using PasteBin over the web interface is that I’ve never encountered a CAPTCHA when submitting a paste. Using, you always (or almost always) have to enter a CAPTCHA to publish your paste. I can’t explain to you why this step is bypassed by the application, but it’s definitely worth acknowledging.

What do you guys think of PasteBin? For me, it’s a great replacement for a web application that shortcuts unregistered users. PasteBin does a great service to those of you who are too lazy to go through the signup process! Let me know your thoughts in the comments.


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  1. Paul Girardin
    November 30, 2012 at 2:49 am

    Great article on a seemingly good product!

    Come on Watson Computer, the testing game is afoot!

    Thanks for sharing!