Ubuntu – Software for Imgur image upload

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Is there any software that can help me upload images directly to imgur.com?

Command line applications would be preferable.

Best Answer

Imgur provides tools for this. You can even download a shell script from imgur.com which works from the command line.

Of course, installing software directly instead of using Ubuntu's official repository opens a security hole which makes GNU/Linux vulnerable to trojan malware. While usually not recommended, you can still do it, if you want to. Here's how.

First, if you do not have a personal bin directory to store executables, create one by running the following commands:

mkdir bin
source .profile

To download and install the imgur script, run the following commands (you do not need to be root):

wget http://imgur.com/tools/imgurbash.sh
chmod a+x imgurbash.sh
mv imgurbash.sh ~/bin/imgur

Now, simply run imgur with the path to an image to upload it to Imgur.

For example:

imgur /usr/share/banshee/icons/hicolor/128x128/devices/phone-google-nexus-one.png

This gives the following output:

Delete page: http://imgur.com/delete/VTtZOI9LOhtZ2oB
Haven't copied to the clipboard: no $DISPLAY

The first line is the link to the Imgur page, and the second line is the link to delete the image you just uploaded. If possible, the script will also copy the Imgur url to the clipboard for immediate use.


[Note: this answer previously suggested running the commands as root in order to put the imgur script into /bin. Using root should be avoided whenever possible. In this case, we can create a user's personal ~/bin directory. It's an extra step, but the security is worth it.]