is a type of web application
that allows its users to upload snippets of text, usually samples of source code
, for public viewing. It is very popular in IRC
channels where pasting large amounts of text is considered bad etiquette. A vast number of pastebins exist on the Internet, suiting a number of different needs and providing features tailored towards the crowd they focus on most.
Pastebins similar to the ones referenced in this article have been around since at least 2002. is one of the earliest public pastebins and has spawned a large number of direct descendants (such as ), based on its open source PHP
code. Pastebin.com was inspired
Pastebot,; Pastebot distribution on CPAN
a stand-alone Perl
application incorporating both an IRC client
and a web server
, was created for EFnet
#perl as late as March 2002.
Over time, many of the public pastebins have become specialized and targeted at a single group of users., the first pastebin... Read More