screenbin - use Amazon EC2 to host a shared screen session

Property Value
Distribution Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus)
Repository Ubuntu Universe i386
Package name screenbin
Package version 1.5
Package release 0ubuntu1
Package architecture all
Package type deb
Installed size 56 B
Download size 5.92 KB
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screenbin uses Amazon's EC2 cloud to dynamically instantiate an Ubuntu
instance in the cloud, install a specified list of ssh keys, and launch a
shared screen session as a guest user. In this manner, screenbin is a
collaborative tool like pastebin, or gobby, but provides a shared shell
This is particularly useful for synchronous code reviews, education,
collaborative debugging, and demonstrations when a shared terminal
between two or more people is required.
Amazon EC2 provides a central location accessible via ssh by all parties,
such that no individual needs to modify local firewall settings to allow
incoming ssh access.  And the 'throw-away' nature of EC2 instances
allows the host to immediately destroy the instance should anything
go wrong.


Package Version Architecture Repository
screenbin_1.5-0ubuntu1_all.deb 1.5 all Ubuntu Universe
screenbin - - -


Name Value
ec2-api-tools -
openssh-client -
wget -


Type URL
Binary Package screenbin_1.5-0ubuntu1_all.deb
Source Package screenbin

Install Howto

  1. Update the package index:
    # sudo apt-get update
  2. Install screenbin deb package:
    # sudo apt-get install screenbin




2010-04-24 - Dustin Kirkland <>
screenbin (1.5-0ubuntu1) lucid; urgency=low
* screenbin: Update for 10.04 EC2 guests, LP: #569500
- add URL pointer to
- ditch friend_lp_ssh lookup; use ssh-import-lp-id in guest
- drop vim and screen from needed packages (now seeded)
- drop screen-profiles references, deprecated
- call byobu-launcher-install directly
- drop screen.real reference, deprecated
- update help-text for --guest option
- launch byobu with motd+shell
2009-11-10 - Dustin Kirkland <>
screenbin (1.4-0ubuntu1) lucid; urgency=low
* screenbin: add support for karmic guests, which use byobu rather than
screen-profiles; increase the security slightly by execing the guest's
screen attachment; LP: #471917
2009-04-29 - Dustin Kirkland <>
screenbin (1.3-0ubuntu1) karmic; urgency=low
* debian/control: depend on ec2-api-tools
* screenbin: heavily reworked to support two separate modes -- read-only
and read-write
* screenbin.1: refer to screen-profiles
2009-02-16 - Dustin Kirkland <>
screenbin (1.1-0ubuntu1) jaunty; urgency=low
* screenbin: updated initial package per REVU
2009-01-12 - Dustin Kirkland <>
screenbin (1.0-0ubuntu1) jaunty; urgency=low
* Initial packaging for Ubuntu, LP: #316542

See Also

Package Description
screenfetch_3.7.0-1_all.deb Bash Screenshot Information Tool
screengrab_1.95+20160128-1_i386.deb Crossplatform tool for getting screenshots
screenie-qt_0.0~git20100701-1_i386.deb fancy screenshot composer
screenie_20120406-1_all.deb Lightweight GNU screen(1) wrapper
screenkey_0.2-2fakesync1_all.deb screencast tool to display your keystrokes
screenruler_0.960+bzr41-1.2_all.deb measure objects on screen with a variety of metrics
screensaver-default-images_0.2-1_all.deb Wallpapers for image processing screensavers
screentest_2.0-2.2_i386.deb Utility to test the quality of screens
scribus-data_1.4.6+dfsg-2_all.deb Open Source Desktop Page Layout - stable branch (data files)
scribus-dev_1.4.6+dfsg-2_all.deb Open Source Desktop Page Layout - stable branch (development files)
scribus-doc_1.4.6-1_all.deb non-free documentation for Scribus
scribus-template_1.2.4.1-2_all.deb additional scribus templates
scribus_1.4.6+dfsg-2_i386.deb Open Source Desktop Page Layout - stable branch
scrm_1.7.0-1_i386.deb simulator of evolution of genetic sequences
scrobble-cli_0.11+git-2_all.deb transitional dummy package