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One-command file sharing with upload.express

maxencehenneron profile image Maxence Henneron ・1 min read

In this short tutorial, I'm going to present the latest feature we implemented on upload.express: a one-command terminal file sharing.

If you want to upload a file in your current working directory, all you have to do is typing the following command:

curl --upload-file ./file_name.ext https://upload.express/upload/file_name.ext

It will return a link to the uploaded file.

Creating an alias

Remembering the curl command arguments can take a while. You can simplify the command by creating an alias in your ~/.bashrc or ~/.zshrc file.

Just append the following code at the end of the file:

upload() {
    if [ $# -eq 0 ]; then echo -e "No arguments specified. Usage:\necho upload /path/to/file.md"; return 1; fi
    curl --progress-bar --upload-file "$1" https://upload.express/upload/$(basename $1) | tee /dev/null;

alias upload=upload

You can now use the command upload file_path to share any file.


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Cockedey Sébastien

Guess I shouldn't have tried to follow the link in your picture 😅

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

LOL! So glad you pointed that out.

paraparata profile image

pardon me, but how to download the file with CLI from upload.express?

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Maxence Henneron Author

It is currently not possible, but I'm working on a more advanced CLI that will implement this feature. I can ping you once completed