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A short script to upload screenshots to an SFTP server

Project description

Challenged by the ease of use of existing tools to capture and upload screenshots so that they are available for the general public, this script was made.

The only required dependencies are scp and scrot. Optional dependencies are:

  • optipng (used by default, can be turned off in configuration)

  • xclip (to save URLs to clipboard or to capture PNG images from clipboard)

  • zenity (to display URLs in a window)


The upload URL is configured using a config file dont-puush-me.ini. It can be placed anywhere in your XDG configuration paths (usually ~/.config and /etc/xdg).

The config file has the following format:




The scp_format and url_format settings are required and no default exists for them. In those, the first occurence of {} is replaced with the automatically generated filename for the image. You need to set those values such that scp can be used to upload the file so that it will be reachable at the url given by url_format afterwards.

The optipng setting is a boolean setting which enables or disables the default use of optipng before uploading an image.

The to-selections section provides a boolean flag for each of the X11 selections. They default to false and can be overriden by command line flags. The URL is put into each of the selections which are set to true either by command line arguments or the configuration file.


The tool features a lot of options, but the actual usage is usually simple. For examples scroll down. Here is the full usage:

usage: dont-puush-me [-h] (-f | -r | -c | -l FROM_FILE) [-d SECONDS]
                     [--no-optipng | --optipng] [--save-locally FILE] [-z]
                     [-p] [--no-to-primary] [-s] [--no-to-secondary] [-b]
                     [--no-to-clipboard] [-v]

Use scrot to create a screenshot which is either saved locally or uploaded to
a configured server.

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -v, --verbose         Increase verbosity

Capture settings:
  -f, --fullscreen      Make a shot of the entire screen
  -r, -w, --select      Select a region or window to screenshot
  -c, --from-clipboard  Use the image from the clipboard
  -l FROM_FILE, --from-file FROM_FILE
                        Use the image in the given PNG file
  -d SECONDS, --delay SECONDS
                        Delay the screenshot by the given amount of seconds

Image processing:
  --no-optipng          Disable use of optipng before uploading (overrides
                        config option)
  --optipng             Enable use of optipng before uploading (overrides
                        config option)

Upload settings:
  --save-locally FILE   Save the file locally instead of uploading it to a

URL output settings:
  -z, --zenity          Show the URL using zenity
  -p, --to-primary      Save the URL in the primary X11 selection (overrides
                        config option).
  --no-to-primary       Do not save the URL in the primary X11 selection
                        (overrides config option).
  -s, --to-secondary    Save the URL in the secondary X11 selection (overrides
                        config option).
  --no-to-secondary     Do not save the URL in the secondary X11 selection
                        (overrides config option).
  -b, --to-clipboard    Save the URL in the clipboard X11 selection (overrides
                        config option).
  --no-to-clipboard     Do not save the URL in the clipboard X11 selection
                        (overrides config option).


  • Capture a fullscreen screenshot and copy the resulting URL to the primary X11 selection:

    dont-puush-me -fp
  • Capture a rectangle from the screen (the rectangle is picked using the mouse; clicking without dragging selects the rectangle of the clicked window):

    dont-puush-me -r

    The URL is printed to the terminal.

  • Capture a rectangle, do not apply optipng and display the URL in a window (requires zenity):

    dont-puush-me --no-optipng -rz

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