Transfer.sh – Easy And Fast Way to Share Files From The Command-Line

Transfer.sh is a website and not a script, which helps users to share files from the command-line an efficient way. It won’t required any additional software to work except pre-installed application such as wget or cURL. By default wget and cURL was installed in most of the distribution so we don’t need to install these.

Many GUI & CLI based utilities and websites are there to share files over internet. Today we are going to teach you about Transfer.sh, its simple and fast way to share files from the command-line. It might very useful for NIX guys, whoever stick with command-line most of the times instead of GUI.

The service is absolutely free, it allows users to upload files up to 10 GB, you can upload single or group of files in one shot. You have a option to encrypt files before uploading, all files can be deleted automatically from server after 14 days.

Transfer.sh support currently the s3 (Amazon S3) provider and local file system (local). This code is free to use, so you can explore Transfer.sh on your own server environment by modifying few settings.

Transfer.sh Features

  • Share uploaded files with a URL
  • Free to Upload up to 10 GB
  • Files stored for 14 days
  • Option to Encrypt your files
  • Maximize amount of downloads
  • The service is completely free

How to Upload/Download Files From Command Line Using transfer.sh

Transfer.sh helps users to share files over internet to anyone from command-line. Use the following format and mention the exact file location. After successful file upload, Transfer.sh will generate a unique URL for downloading.

$ curl --upload-file /home/magi/Documents/mono.txt https://transfer.sh/mono.txt
https://transfer.sh/7hcBa/uber-cli.txt

For Multiple file upload, use the following format. After successful files upload, Transfer.sh will generate separate unique URL for each file for downloading.

$ curl -i -F filedata=@/home/magi/Documents/uber-cli.txt -F filedata=@/home/magi/Documents/taskwarrior.txt https://transfer.sh/
HTTP/1.1 100 Continue

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Mon, 08 May 2017 14:12:18 GMT
Content-Type: text/plain
Content-Length: 79
Connection: keep-alive
Server: Transfer.sh HTTP Server 1.0
X-Made-With: <3 by DutchCoders
X-Served-By: Proudly served by DutchCoders

https://transfer.sh/Oughc/uber-cli.txt
https://transfer.sh/Oughc/taskwarrior.txt

Alternatively you can upload the files through Transfer.sh web page by drag & drop the file on it. I'm going to drag the file name called free-cmd-example.txt.

For Download, use the generated unique link and followed by filename which you want to save.

$ curl https://transfer.sh/Oughc/uber-cli.txt -o /home/magi/uber-cli.txt
  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
100 11877  100 11877    0     0  10481      0  0:00:01  0:00:01 --:--:-- 10482

Alternatively you can download the files from the web by entering the unique URL on web browser.

How to Encrypt & Upload/Download Files From Command Line Using transfer.sh

If you want to share the files in a secure way, i would advise you to encrypt the files before upload using following format. It will prompt to enter the password twice when you use encryption.

$ cat /home/magi/Documents/ubuntu-post-install.txt|gpg -ac -o-|curl -X PUT --upload-file "-" https://transfer.sh/ubuntu-post-install.txt
https://transfer.sh/2BelF/ubuntu-post-install.txt

For Download, use the generated unique URL and followed by output filename & location which you want to save.

$ curl https://transfer.sh/2BelF/ubuntu-post-install.txt|gpg -o- > /home/magi/ubuntu-post-install.txt
  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
100  1191  100  1191    0     0   1202      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:--  1201
gpg: AES encrypted data
gpg: encrypted with 1 passphrase

Alternatively you can download the files from the web by entering the unique URL on web browser.

Add alias for easy/frequent access

You may get frustrated by using the full format and some time you will forget. So, add a alias to .bashrc or .zshrc and make the things more simple.

I'm using BASH shell, so adding following lines into end of the .bashrc file. Then save and close the file.

$ nano ~/.bashrc

transfer() {
    # write to output to tmpfile because of progress bar
    tmpfile=$( mktemp -t transferXXX )
    curl --progress-bar --upload-file $1 https://transfer.sh/$(basename $1) >> $tmpfile;
    cat $tmpfile;
    rm -f $tmpfile;
}

alias transfer=transfer

Run the following command to take effect the above change.

$ source ~/.bashrc

Now simply upload the files using transfer command followed by filename which you want to upload.

$ transfer /home/magi/Desktop/emerald-icon-theme.txt
######################################################################## 100.0%
https://transfer.sh/SFk4B/emerald-icon-theme.txt

There are quite a few similar services available in Internet like PSiTransfer, chunk.io, up.depado.eu, etc.

Magesh Maruthamuthu

Love to play with all Linux distribution

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