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Web address
Slogan "#1 paste tool since 2002!"
Registration Optional
Available in English
Launched 2002
Alexa rank
1,146 (Global July 2014)

A pastebin is a type of web application where anyone can store plain text. They are most commonly used to share short source code snippets for code review via Internet Relay Chat.


Although created in 2002, only reached 1 million "Active" pastes (not spam or expired pastes) eight years later, in 2010.[1] In February 2010, was sold by the original owner, Paul Dixon, to Jeroen Vader, a Dutch serial Internet entrepreneur. Only a few weeks after the transfer, Vader had launched a whole new version of the website which he branded V2.0. In early 2011, V3.0 was launched.[2]

By October 2011, the site's active pastes numbers exceeded 10 million.[1] Less than a year later, in July 2012, the owners of tweeted that they had already surpassed the 20 million active pastes mark.[3]

During the 2014 Venezuelan protests, was blocked by the country's government as one of the sites where activists were sharing information.[4]

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  1. ^ a b " Surpasses 10 Million "Active" Pastes". 2011-10-26. Retrieved 2011-10-27. 
  2. ^ "Pastebin: How a popular code-sharing site became the ultimate hacker hangout". The Next Web. 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  3. ^ "Twitter / pastebin: Time for cake!!! now hosts more than 20 million active pastes! Stats ->". 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  4. ^ "Internet a crucial Venezuela battleground". Jamaica Observer (Kingston, Jamaica: Jamaica Observer). Associated Press. 2014-02-23. Retrieved 2014-08-20.