Command-line tool for Snipline
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Snipline CLI

Snipline CLI allows you to organise and use your favourite shell commands from the terminal. It can optionally sync to your Snipline account.

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Homebrew (MacOS)

Snipline CLI is available through Homebrew for MacOS and Linux.

brew install snipline/snipline/snipcli

Snapcraft (Linux)

Linux users can download via Snapcraft

sudo snap install snipcli --beta

From source

Snipline CLI requires Crystal 0.35.1 to be installed to install from source

# Clone the repo
git clone
# Checkout the latest release
git checkout <tagname - e.g. 0.5.0>
# Make sure you have the same Crystal installed that's required in shard.yml
crystal -v
# Install dependencies
# Build app for Crystal 0.34.0 / MacOS
crystal build src/ -o snipcli --release -o snipcli
# Build app for Crystal 0.34.0 / Linux (Alpine)
crystal build src/ -o snipcli --release -o snipcli -Dstatic_linux
./snipcli --version


Upgrading Snipline CLI depends on your method of installation

# Homebrew
brew upgrade snipline/snipline/snipcli

# Snapcraft
snap refresh

# From Source
git pull origin master
git checkout <tagname - e.g. 0.3.1>
crystal -v # confirm Crystal is the same as shard.yml requirement
crystal build src/ -o snipcli --release -o snipcli
./snipcli --version


Using Snipline CLI for free

Snipline CLI can be used without an active Snipline account.

To generate the initial configuration files use the init command.

snipcli init

The above command will generate a config.toml file and a snippets.json file in your ~/.config/snipline directory.

Syncing to Snipline

Log-in to your Snipline account and sync your snippets.

Follow login instructions (Enter email and token)

snipcli login

Download snippets from your Snipline account

snipcli sync

Searching snippets

A basic search can be done with the search command.

snipcli search

If you wish to pre-filter the results you can do so by adding a search term and specify the field to search on.

snipcli search <searchterm> --field=tags

Search options include field and limit. See snipcli search --help for more information

Note that as of 0.2.0 it's not possible to search and copy to clipboard from a Linux VM/SSH session. Use run to run the command directly from your terminal session.

Creating a new snippet

You can create a new snippet by using the new command. This will open a TOML file in the text editor of your preference. Once closed it will attempt to add it to your snippets.json file and sync to your Snipline Account.

snipcli new

Web interface

As of 0.3.0 the web interface has been removed infavour of the new TUI.


See the Installation section on building from source.

Set log levels for additional development output and specifiy different config files for testing

crystal build src/ -o snipcli
env CONFIG_FILE=~/.config/snipline/ ./snipcli search login
env CONFIG_FILE=~/.config/snipline/ env CRYSTAL_LOG_LEVEL=INFO ./snipcli search git

To change the config file location (For testing) use the CONFIG_FILE environment variable.

There is an example already in place for testing located in config.spec.toml

env CONFIG_FILE=./config.spec.toml crystal spec


See the Contributing guide for details.


  • More tests.
  • More documentation (Including usage without a Snipline account).
  • Syncing local snippets via snipcli sync.
  • Editing snippets.
  • Compact search mode.


  github: snipline/snipcli
License MIT
Crystal < 0.36.0


Dependencies 7

  • admiral
    {'github' => 'jwaldrip/'}
  • crecto ~> 0.11.3
    {'github' => 'Crecto/crecto', 'version' => '~> 0.11.3'}
  • crest ~> 0.26.1
    {'github' => 'mamantoha/crest', 'version' => '~> 0.26.1'}
  • fuzzy_match ~> 0.3.0
    {'branch' => 'master', 'github' => 'acoustep/', 'version' => '~> 0.3.0'}
  • ncurses~JohnDowson borders_and_lines
    {'branch' => 'borders_and_lines', 'github' => 'JohnDowson/ncurses'}
  • sqlite3 ~> 0.16.0
    {'github' => 'crystal-lang/crystal-sqlite3', 'version' => '~> 0.16.0'}
  • toml master
    {'branch' => 'master', 'github' => 'crystal-community/'}

Development Dependencies 1

  • ameba ~> 0.13.2
    {'github' => 'veelenga/ameba', 'version' => '~> 0.13.2'}

Dependents 0

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