Custom uploader guide

What is custom uploader?

Custom uploader system in ShareX is able to upload image/text/file to hosting services or shorten URL. This feature is mainly used by people who host their own file hosting services.

The easiest way to learn how to configure custom uploader is by checking example custom uploaders:

You can also pull request your custom uploader there.

Custom uploader configuration

Destination type

Destination type is used when users import custom uploader by double clicking the .sxcu file.

Export / Import

You can export your custom uploader with .sxcu extension which allows users to just double click that file to be able to use custom uploader.

If destination type is configured then ShareX can also set this custom uploader as selected custom uploader and change current destination to this custom uploader, so users won’t need any additional configuration to use it.

Request type

For image uploader and file uploader POST request type is required along with the File form name.

For text uploader and URL shortener, if you are using GET request type or POST request type with empty File form name then you need to have at least one argument which has $input$ as value to supply text or URL to host. When doing request $input$ text will be automatically replaced with text or URL depending on what uploader type you are using.

When using GET request type arguments will be appended to URL in background like this:

Request URL


Random syntax also can be used in request URL.

File form name

This field can be only used when Request type is POST.

In HTML check input tag and name attribute to find File form name.

For example in this HTML code: <input type="file" name="file_image"> File form name is file_image.


Left column is for argument name, right column for argument value.

You can use dynamic values like %mo to get current month etc.

There is one special value specific to GET request type; it is $input$ which will be replaced with text or URL.

Example argument for text uploader (URL shortener works in a similar way):

name: text
value: $input$

name: language
value: csharp

Response type

If URL textbox is empty then Response text or Redirection URL will be automatically used. So if response only returns URL then no need to write anything to URL textbox.

URL syntax


You can use JsonPath syntax to parse URL from JSON response.

Example response:

    "status": 200,
    "data": {
        "link": "https:\/\/\/image.png"


Example response 2:

    "success": true,
    "files": [  
            "name": "image.png",
            "url": ""

JsonPath: files[0].url

You must write JsonPath to URL textbox like this: $json:files[0].url$

Or you can use “Add syntax to URL field” button.


You can use XPath syntax to parse URL from XML response.

Example response:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

XPath: /files/file[1]/url

URL textbox syntax: $xml:/files/file[1]/url$


If response is not JSON or XML then you can use Regular expression (Regex) to parse response text.

If you would like to learn Regex:

After writing your regex and adding it to regex list then you can use “Add syntax to URL field” button for ShareX to guess correct syntax and add selected regex to URL textbox.

To manually add regex to URL textbox these syntax can be used:

Syntax: $regex:n$

From regex list get index (n) result. n must be number and first item in list is 1.

Example: $regex:1$ means get first regex result from list.

Syntax: $regex:n,group$

From regex list get index (n) result with group (group). Group can be index or text.

Example: $regex:2,3$ means second regex in list and third group in regex result.

Example 2: $regex:1,thumbnail$ means first regex in list and thumbnail named group in regex result.

You can use multiple regex while parsing, for example if we have this response:

server: 41
image_size: "250x200"
filename: "image.png"
file_size: 52687

First regex using named group: server: (?<serverid>\d+)

Second regex using numbered group: filename: "(.+)"

In URL textbox use this syntax:$regex:1,serverid$/image/$regex:2,1$

Result URL will be:


For example if response only contains file name (or id) and if you would like to append it to domain then you can use this syntax.

Syntax: $response$



For example if you would like to use random domain each upload you can use this syntax.

Syntax: $random:value1|value2|value3$

Example: https://$random:subdomain1|subdomain2$.$random:domain1|domain2|domain3$.com/$json:files[0].url$