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Carbon is described as 'You know all of those code screenshots you see on Twitter? Although the code's usually impressive, we saw room for improvement in the aesthetic department. Carbon is the easiest way to create beautiful images of your source code. So what are you waiting for?' and is an website in the development category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Carbon, not only websites but also apps for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, SaaS and iPhone. The best alternative is ShareX, which is both free and Open Source. Other great sites and apps similar to Carbon are Greenshot, GitHub Gist, Ray.so and Kod.so.

Carbon alternatives are mainly Screenshot Capture Tools but may also be Pastebin Services or Screen Recorders. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Carbon.
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You know all of those code screenshots you see on Twitter? Although the code's usually impressive, we saw room for...

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  1. ShareX is a free and open source program that lets you capture or record any area of your screen and share it with a single press of a key. It also allows uploading images, text or other types of files to many supported destinations you can choose from.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableShareX is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeShareX doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ PortableShareX can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeShareX supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ OCRExtract the text from a screen capture or file and paste it into another document for edits.
    ⚫︎ Full-page ScreenshotShareX can capture complete (scrolling) web pages from your web browser.
    ⚫︎ Annotate ScreenshotEdit and annotate a screenshot with various editing tools and options.
    ⚫︎ Upload ScreenshotUpload your screenhots directly to the cloud in order to easily share them with others.
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    tangycandy

    ShareX is great, but it's for taking screen recordings and capture. It's not the same as Carbon.

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  2. Greenshot is a light-weight screenshot tool optimized for productivity with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) support.

    ⚫︎ LightweightGreenshot consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Annotate ScreenshotEdit and annotate a screenshot with various editing tools and options.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableGreenshot is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ PortableGreenshot can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Upload ScreenshotUpload your screenhots directly to the cloud in order to easily share them with others.
    ⚫︎ Full-page ScreenshotGreenshot can capture complete (scrolling) web pages from your web browser.
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    tangycandy

    Seems like it's for taking screenshots. It's not the same as Carbon.

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    GitHub Gist

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online

    Gist is a simple way to share snippets and pastes with others. All gists are git repositories, so they are automatically versioned, forkable and usable as a git repository.

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    tangycandy

    Gist is great for sharing code with others, but the purpose of Carbon is to share code snippets in an aesthetically pleasing manner

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    Ray.so

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online

    Ray.so lets coders easily create beautiful screenshots of source code through a fast web app with options for dark and light mode, color adjustments and padding.

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    Kod.so

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online

    A tool for converting code snippets into screenshots with API support.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableKod.so is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ PortableKod.so can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Drift

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted

    Drift is a self-hostable clone of GitHub Gist .

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownDrift supports MarkDown for document formatting.
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    ScreenTray

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac

    A macOS app for capturing, annotating and sharing screenshots. Quickly add comments, highlight what matters or blur any sensitive content. Upload screenshots to Google Drive or Dropbox.

    ⚫︎ Annotate ScreenshotEdit and annotate a screenshot with various editing tools and options.
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    Codepng

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Codepng allows you to create awesome snapshots from your source code that you can share on social media. Choose between beautiful hand-selected background gradients and editor themes before exporting your code to PNG images.

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    Codepng vs Carbon opinions
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    tangycandy

    Although Codepng doesn't have nearly as many features and configurations as Carbon, it's gradient editor is better (if that's important to you)

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    gamaxak960

    They both provide a very similar service.

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    CodeGraphics

    • Mac

    Create and post your beautiful source code on socials.

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    CodeKeep

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Codekeep lets you store and share bits of code and text with other users. Snippets can be organized into folders/labels for instant reuse. We took the best parts from Google Keep and Github to Organize your code snippets.

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