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This plugin allows the user to paste code from Geany into a configured pastebin service. At the moment it ships with builtin support these pastebin services, but more can be added:


GeniusPaste detects automatically the syntax of the code and pastes it with syntax highlighting enabled. It can also display the pasted code opening a new browser tab.


The API of the pastebin services can be updated at every moment. It may happen that GeniusPaste plugin could use an outdated API that meanwhile has been deprecated.

If you get a unexpected API response during the paste process (practically if the plugin doesn't return a link to the pasted code), you will need to fix that pastebin service configuration to use its new API. If it is a configuration shipped with the plugin, please report the issue to:



  • GTK+ >= 2.12
  • libsoup 2.4 >= 2.4.0


This plugin is part of the geany-plugins project. See the README file of that package.

Pastebin configuration

Configuration for the pastebin services is looked up in one of data directories as follows, in order: $GEANY_CONFIG_DIR/plugins/geniuspaste/pastebins/ and $PREFIX/share/geany-plugins/geniuspaste/pastebins/ (where $GEANY_CONFIG_DIR is $HOME/.config/geany on *NIX; and $PREFIX is generally either /usr/ or /usr/local/ under *NIX).

If more than one configuration file declare a pastebin service of the same name, only the first one found is used. This way, one can easily override the configuration in a system directory with a custom one in a user directory.


The pastebin configuration format uses an INI-style syntax.


Values from the [format] section and the replace key in the [parse] section can contain references to placeholders with the syntax %name% (i.e. %contents%). Custom placeholders can be defined in the [defaults] section.

The builtin placeholders are:

The data to actually paste.
The language of the current document, as mapped through the [languages] section.
The base name of the current document.
The configured author name.
[pastebin] section

The pastebin section is required, and must contain at least the name and url keys.

The name of the pastebin service, as displayed to the user. This key is required.
The URL to which submit the data. This key is required.
The HTTP method to use to submit the data. Defaults to POST.
[format] section

The format section describes the fields of the form to send to the pastebin. Each key in this section is a field, and each value that field's value.

[parse] section

If the parse section is declared, it defines the regular expression used to parse the raw response body from the pastebin service and build the final paste URL.

If this section doesn't exist, the URI of the response itself is used, after any possible redirection. This is usually good for non-API pastebin services, where the server redirects the user to the paste page.

Warning: If the parse section exists, it will be used, no matter whether any key is actually defined. This means that a [parse] line is enough to enable response body parsing, and it will use the default search and replace settings.

A regular expression (PCRE) pattern to match against the pastebin service's raw response data. Defaults to ^[[:space:]]*(.+?)[[:space:]]*$, e.g. capture everything but the leading and trailing whitespaces.
The final URL, with regular expression capture groups from search expanded. Group references use the numeric, one-digit syntax: \0 refers to the whole matched text, \1 to the first captured group, and so on. Defaults to \1, which works nicely with the default search pattern.
[defaults] section

The defaults section defines default values for some builtin placeholders or define new placeholders.

[languages] section

The languages section maps Geany's filetype names (the keys) to the pastebin service's own name for this language. This allows to translate the filetypes Geany knows about to ones the pastebin service understands.


GeniusPaste is distributed 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. A copy of this license can be found in the file COPYING included with the source code of this program. If not, you will be able to get a copy by contacting the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA.

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