Freelancers, web developers and software engineers often want to share code snippets with their team members and clients. An old way to do this is to share the code file as an attachment within an email. But this methodology has several shortcomings. There's no syntax highlighting, no real-time feedback or extended sharing options when using traditional email for sharing code snippets. A better approach would be to use a dedicated code snippet sharing service that not only provides an easy way to host and share the code, but also provides extra features to get feedback from the viewers. Fortunately, there are several good services that offer such kind of service for the programmers. Following is a handpicked list of apps and services that will let you share your code snippets very easily on the web.
Chop - This handy code snippet sharing service supports over a dozen programming languages. Users can share the code in two different ways. They can either paste the code manually or can pull the code snippet from an existing web page. The latter option is quite unique and lets the user pick code from existing pages as well. Simply provide the URL of the web page from where you want to import the code snippet.
Snipt.org - This is yet another useful source code sharing service that provides various options to customize your shared snippet. You can make your code private as well as can include line numbers for long snippets. It also provides several themes for displaying your code snippet to make the code visually appealing. Like other popular services, this popular app also supports dozens of different programming languages.
Gist - This is my favorite code sharing service that is powered by GitHub. I use this service regularly on this blog to share code snippets related to various tutorials. It has a handy shared snippet creation tool that fully supports programming language auto-detection, syntax highlighting as well as a handy snippet embedding option. This lets you easily include your code snippets at the desired location on your website or a blog.
Snipplr - Large numbers of freelancers use this code sharing service to not only distribute their source code but also to get opinions and feedback from the community. It also has a handy embed option for including the snippets on your own website. If your shared snippet code is quite long horizontally, its 'expand and collapse' option lets you view the code in a more legible way. You can also use your Facebook account to access this service.
Code Collector Pro - This powerful code organizing tool is ideal for Mac users who not only want to maintain a large repository of code snippets but also want to share select snippets in a secure way. This app has several advanced options to arrange your code snippets in groups and folders. It also has complete syntax highlighting support. It also has a drag 'n' drop support for placing code snippets anywhere on your Mac system.
Pastebin - This is one of the most popular source code sharing services on the web. It supports syntax highlighting for very large number of programming languages. Users can also customize snippet visibility and its life. You can either keep your code snippets forever or can make them expire automatically after the specified time period. Private and secure code snippets are also supported for registered users.
CodeBox - This premium code snippet manager for Mac users is an all-in-one solution for managing and sharing your source code snippets. It has a gorgeous interface with powerful snippet management functions. This app seamlessly integrates with snippet sharing services like GitHub to distribute your code snippets right from within the application. It has a flexible snippet organizing option that includes a powerful search feature.
DZone Snippets - This feature-packed public source code repository is idle for team members who're working from different locations on the globe. You can also tag your code snippets to facilitate easy search for other users. Viewers can also use the handy print and clipboard copying option to easily reuse the shared code as per their preferences. You can also share the snippet on various social media platforms through integrated social sharing options.
SourceDrop - This is a popular PasteBin client for Mac users that lets you share your code snippets without opening any web browser. Once installed, this app adds a handy snippet sharing icon within the top OS X menu bar. This makes the code sharing process just a click away. It is ideal for those Mac users who frequently share small code snippets throughout the day. This app supports syntax highlighting and line numbers for the code.
Code Collector - This is one more popular code snippet management application for Mac users. You can easily organize and share your entire collection of code snippets. Users can also share their code snippets very easily on Google+, Twitter and Facebook through this service. Due to its tight integration, users can easily import and reorganize their entire code snippet collection to the Code Collector Pro application.
TwitCode - As the name implies, this excellent service is ideal for sharing code snippets on Twitter platform. It has a beautiful syntax highlighter with inbuilt copying option. Tagging of snippets helps you categorize the snippets in an easy way. Other Twitter users can also leave comments on your code snippets. Users can also provide a headline and a brief description of the code snippet they're sharing through this service.
Getcode.io - This is a perfect solution for team members who regularly share code snippets related to a large project. It has all the important team collaboration features that are essential for seamlessly sharing source code among the team members. Its excellent language specific links lets entire team members view and browse entire collection of code snippets related to a particular programming language.
Snippi - This is one of the simplest and user-friendly code snippets sharing service. It has a handy snippet expiration and syntax highlighting option to customize the appearance and visibility of the shared code. It also has a clipboard copying option and a handy raw code display to easily transfer the snippet to your favorite code editor. The generated snippet URL through this service is in the shortened form so that you can easily share it on social media networks.
iPaste - If you want to share your code snippets with selective people across the globe, this useful service gives you the option to password protect your uploaded code snippets. It also supports unique line highlighting syntax within your snippet. It supports large number of programming languages and also provides you an option to provide the description and author name for every shared code snippet.
Tipila - This code snippet sharing service can be used through your Google+, Windows Live or through your Facebook account. Apart from regular code snippet sharing features, it also includes voting mechanism for useful source code. Code owner can also enable editing option for a snippet so that others can contribute in optimizing an existing piece of code. You can also add tags to your code snippet for easy searching.
Mystic Paste - This snippets sharing service supports several keyboard shortcuts to speed up the code snippet creation process. It supports syntax highlighting for every popular programming language. Users can create both private and public code snippets through this service. It also allows downloading of every shared code snippet in various user-friendly file formats for reuse in popular IDE applications.
Code Pad - Its clean and professional interface makes it one of my favorite code snippet sharing services. Its integrated tweet button lets you quickly share large or small source code on Twitter. You can also view the statistics (downloads, comments, likes) related to a published code snippet. It allows you to reuse the code snippet in three different ways viz., file download, clipboard copy or a raw copy paste action.
Slexy - If you want more customization related to the lifetime of your published code snippet, then this service is made just for you. It supports the snippet expiration duration from 5 minutes to up to 6 months. You can also enable tabs within your source code through this service. Users can also enable or disable the line numbers for their code snippets. It also supports both public and private code snippets with title and description.
SiteKickr - This unique service lets you share code snippets in three different ways. Users can share regular snippets, tips and code fixes for a programming language. It supports massive number of programming languages. Users also get a rich text editor for writing the description of the code snippet in a better way. It also lets you specify the version of the programming language associated with your code snippet.
Tinypaste - If you want to share private source code with your team members, you can use this secure service that allows you to assign passwords to your uploaded code snippets. You can also customize the font size and color of your uploaded code snippets. You can also embed videos along with your source code snippet through this handy service. Users can also override syntax highlighting for a particular shared code snippet.
20 Best Ways to Share Your Code Snippets on the Web
By Rajeev Edmonds On Tuesday, March 12, 2013 with