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Pastebin Archiver

What is this?

This app retrieves new posts made on and stores them offline in a database. You can see the latest public posts it will retrieve here.


Some of the pastes posted to Pastebin contain interesting or sensitive data, and sometimes pastes are deleted by their poster or Pastebin staff. Running an instance of this archiver lets you retrieve deleted pastes and build a large dataset to run queries against.

Pastebin API info

Important: This archiver uses the Pastebin Scraping API which requires a whitelisted IP address and a Lifetime Pro account to use. More info here.


Install from PyPI (recommended)

  1. Ensure you have Python 3.7+ installed.
  2. Run pip install pastebin_archiver
  3. Done! Jump down to the Usage section to get started.

Install from source

  1. Ensure you have Python 3.7+ and poetry installed
    $ python --version
    Python 3.7.4
    $ poetry --version
    Poetry 0.12.17
  2. Clone the git repository
    git clone 
  3. Install the dependencies
    $ cd pastebin-archiver
    $ poetry install
  4. Run it!
    $ poetry run pastebin-archiver

Run unit tests

  1. Install from source (see the section above)
  2. Run poetry run python -m unittest


Command line usage

If you installed the package using pip, then you can simply run pastebin-archiver:

$ pastebin-archiver         # Run with default settings
$ pastebin-archiver --help  # Print available command line options

Python usage

If you'd prefer to use the package in your own code, you can do so like this:

# Import the package
from pastebin_archiver import PastebinArchiver

# (Optional) configure logging

# Run the application
app = PastebinArchiver()

Important: app.main() does not return, it runs forever looking for new pastes to fetch.


The log target and log level can be controlled with options (--logfile and --loglevel) or environment variables (LOG_FILE and LOG_LEVEL).


By default, the fetched data will be saved to a SQLite database file in your working directory called pastebin.db. You can change this behaviour by passing in a database connection string using the --database option or the DATABASE environment variable. For example:

$ pastebin-archiver --database 'postgresql://user:pass@localhost/mydatabase'

Important: You'll need extra packages to connect to databases other than SQLite. For PostgreSQL, you'll need to run pip install psycopg2-binary (or if you installed from source, you can run poetry install -E pgsql)

For detailed info on connection strings and a list of database packages you can use, see the SQLAlchemy documentation.


If you find any bugs or have any suggestions to improve the project, please open an issue on GitLab.

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