Christian Weiske


Self-hosted pastebin software written in PHP. Pastes are editable, may have multiple files and are stored in git repositories.


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php syntax check
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image support
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create new paste
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display a paste


  • every paste is a git repository

    • repositories can be cloned
    • clone url can be displayed

    • remote pastes can be forked (rel="vcs-git" and gist.github.com)

  • paste editing

    • add new files
    • delete existing files

    • replace file with upload

  • multiple files in one paste

  • syntax highlighting with GeSHi
  • rST and Markdown rendering
  • image upload + display
  • OpenID authentication
  • external tool support

    • xmllint

    • php syntax check

  • history in the sidebar

    • old files can be downloaded easily
  • search across pastes: description, file names and file content

    • options: quoting, logical and, or, not, partial words


  1. Unzip the phorkie release file::

    $ tar xjvf phorkie-0.3.0.tar.bz2

  2. Create the git directories:


    $ mkdir -p repos/git repos/work $ chmod og+w repos/git repos/work

  3. Install dependencies_

  4. Copy data/config.php.dist to data/config.php and adjust it to
    your needs:


    $ cp data/config.php.dist data/config.php $ $EDITOR data/config.php

    Look at config.default.php for values that you may adjust.

  5. Set your web server's document root to /path/to/phorkie/www/

  6. Open phorkie in your web browser


phorkie stands on the shoulders of giants.

It requires the following programs to be installed on your machine:

  • Git v1.7.5 or later
  • PHP v5.3.0 or later
  • PEAR v1.9.2 or later
$ pear install versioncontrol_git-alpha
$ pear install services_libravatar-alpha
$ pear install http_request2
$ pear install pager
$ pear install date_humandiff-alpha

$ pear channel-discover pear.twig-project.org
$ pear install twig/Twig

$ pear channel-discover mediawiki.googlecode.com/svn
$ pear install mediawiki/geshi

$ pear channel-discover zustellzentrum.cweiske.de
$ pear install zz/mime_type_plaindetect-alpha

$ pear channel-discover pear.michelf.ca
$ pear install michelf/Markdown

Note that this version of GeSHi is a bit outdated, but it's the fastest
way to install it. If you install it manually be sure to update the path
from data/config.default.php.

phorkie makes use of an Elasticsearch
installation, if you have one.

It is used to provide search capabilities and the list of recent pastes.


Edit config.php, setting the elasticsearch property to the HTTP URL
of the index, e.g.


You must use a search namespace with Elasticsearch such as phorkie/.
Run the index script to import all existing pastes into the index:

php scripts/index.php

That's all. Open phorkie in your browser, and you'll notice the search
box in the top menu.


In case something really went wrong and you need to reset the search
index, run the following command:

$ curl -XDELETE http://localhost:9200/phorkie/

Phorkie will automatically re-index everything when setupcheck is
enabled in the configuration file.

You may also manually run the reindexing script with:

$ php scripts/index.php


Make git repositories clonable

To make git repositories clonable, you need to install git-daemon
(git-daemon-run package on Debian/Ubuntu).

Make the repositories available by symlinking the paste repository
directory ($GLOBALS['phorkie']['cfg']['repos'] setting) into
/var/cache/git, e.g.:

$ ln -s /home/user/www/paste/repos/git /var/cache/git/paste

Edit your config.php and set the
$GLOBALS['phorkie']['cfg']['git']['public'] setting to
git://$yourhostname/git/paste/. The rest will be appended

You're on your own to setup writable repositories.

Protect your site with OpenID

You have the option of enabling OpenID authentication to help secure
your pastes on phorkie. Set the $GLOBALS['phorkie']['auth'] values in
the data/config.php file as desired.

There are two different types of security you can apply. First, you can
restrict to one of three securityLevels:

  • completely open (0)
  • protection of write-enabled functions such as add, edit, etc. (1)
  • full site protection (2)

Additionally, you can restrict your site to listedUsersOnly. You will
need to add the individual OpenID urls to the
$GLOBALS['phorkie']['auth']['users'] variable.

Get information about paste editors

Phorkie stores the user's OpenID or IP address (when not logged in) when
a paste is edited. It is possible to get this information for each
single commit:

// IP / OpenID for the latest commit
$ git notes --ref=identity show

// show IP / OpenID for a given commit
$ git notes --ref=identity show 29f82a

Technical details


  • filters (xmllint --format, rapper)
  • document how to keep disk usage low (block size)
  • comments
  • when 2 people edit, merge changes
  • diff changes
  • configurable highlights
  • Atom feed for new pastes
  • Atom feed for paste changes


~ Index page.

~ Display page for paste

~ Edit the paste

~ Display raw file contents
~ Delete the paste

~ Show DOAP document for paste

~ Create a fork of the paste

~ Search for term, with optional page

~ List all pastes, with optional page

~ Shows form for new paste

~ Login page for protecting site

~ Edit logged-in user information

Internal directory layout

    1/ - work directory for paste #1
    2/ - work directory for paste #2
    1.git/ - git repository for paste #1
      description - Description for the repository
    2.git/ - git repository for paste #2

nginx rewrites

If you use nginx, place the following lines into your server block:

if (!-e $request_uri) {
  rewrite ^/([0-9]+)$ /display.php?id=$1;
  rewrite ^/([0-9]+)/delete$ /delete.php?id=$1;
  rewrite ^/([0-9]+)/delete/confirm$ /delete.php?id=$1&confirm=1;
  rewrite ^/([0-9]+)/doap$ /doap.php?id=$1;
  rewrite ^/([0-9]+)/edit$ /edit.php?id=$1;
  rewrite ^/([0-9]+)/fork$ /fork.php?id=$1;
  rewrite ^/([0-9]+)/raw/(.+)$ /raw.php?id=$1&file=$2;
  rewrite ^/([0-9]+)/rev/(.+)$ /revision.php?id=$1&rev=$2;
  rewrite ^/([0-9]+)/rev-raw/(.+)$ /raw.php?id=$1&rev=$2&file=$3;
  rewrite ^/([0-9]+)/tool/([^/]+)/(.+)$ /tool.php?id=$1&tool=$2&file=$3;

  rewrite ^/new$ /new.php;
  rewrite ^/list$ /list.php;
  rewrite ^/list/([0-9]+)$ /list.php?page=$1;

  rewrite ^/search$ /search.php;
  rewrite ^/search/([0-9]+)$ /search.php?page=$1;

  rewrite ^/login$ /login.php;
  rewrite ^/user$ /user.php;