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Tool for automatically copying screenshots into your Keybase public folder

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A very simple tool that monitors your desktop for new screenshots, moves them to your public Keybase filesystem, and copies the link to your clipboard.

Works on macOS and (probably) Linux.


On macOS, install terminal-notifier from homebrew to have notifications when complete.



$ pip install screenbase


By default, screenbase watches your ~/Desktop directory for files matching a regex tailored to macOS screenshot filenames (Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 5.29.50 PM.png). This regex is configurable as a string passed with the -m flag. The watch directory is configurable via the -d flag.

Similarly, screenbase uses your current username (via Python’s getpass.getuser()) as your keybase username by default, which it uses to move files into your kbfs public folder and generate the URL to it. This can be configured via the -u flag.

Screenbase will look for a YAML-formatted config file in ~/.config/screenbase (this path configurable with the -c flag). If it finds it, it will overload the default configs with the values it contains. The keys should match the long form of the command line flags you can see via --help. Eg:

user: jlindsey
directory: /Users/jlindsey/screenshots
verbose: True


Copyright (C) 2017 Joshua Lindsey <>

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, see <>.

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