10 Best Clipboard Managers for Linux

6. Pastie

This is a simple clipboard manager for Ubuntu and makes use of the AppIndicator. It has some cool features that include among others:

  1. Image copy support
  2. Customizable interface
  3. Quick access shortcuts and so much more
Pastie Clipboard Manager
Pastie Clipboard Manager

Visit Homepage: https://github.com/fmoralesc/pastie

7. Parcellite

It is a stripped down, lightweight GTK+2, basic-features clipboard manager for Linux.

It has some of the following features:

  1. History management
  2. Daemon mode
  3. Display clipboard contents quickly using global hotkeys
  4. Perform custom commands using clipboard contents
Parcellite Clipboard Manager
Parcellite Clipboard Manager

Visit Homepage: http://parcellite.sourceforge.net/

8. Glipper

It is a clipboard management tool for GNOME desktop environment, users can extend its functionality using plugins. It now uses the App Indicator to support Unity and Gnome Classic desktop environments in Ubuntu.

Glipper has most of the fundamental features including clipboard history management.

Glipper Clipboard Manager
Glipper Clipboard Manager

Visit Homepage: https://launchpad.net/glipper

9. Clipit

This is a lightweight GTK+ clipboard manager. It is feature rich and actually forked from Parcellite, but includes some extra features and bug fixes.

It has got the following features:

  1. Save history of last copied item
  2. Global hotkeys for most used functions
  3. Declare static items
  4. Exclude specific items from history
  5. Searchable history and many more
Clipit Clipboard Manager
Clipit Clipboard Manager

Visit Homepage: https://sourceforge.net/projects/gtkclipit/

10. Keepboard

It is a cross-platform clipboard manager that allows users to save clipboard history.

Visit Homepage: https://sourceforge.net/projects/keepboard/


That is it for now, there could be some clipboard management utilities or tools that I have not included in the article, let us know of any by dropping a comment. Hope you find this article useful.

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10 thoughts on “10 Best Clipboard Managers for Linux”

  1. I often copy several things from a web page, like the URL, the “title” of the page, and then possibly snippets of the article/page. I then paste it in my free format database (homemade and in progress) in a specific format, something like this:

       * [[<url][<page title]]

    It would be nice to find a clipboard manager that would make that more convenient for me, automatically adding the various pieces of extra text. It would be even nicer if it could figure out which part of what I copied was what (URL, title, snippet), but I can live with learning to copy in a disciplined sequence, e.g., URL first, title second, 1st snippet third., and so on (or reverse order, probably easier).

    Do any of these clipboard managers help with that?

    I currently use an older version of klipper (from kde platform 4.8.4) and once, some time ago, I tried working with it, but I really didn’t grok it enough to get anywhere. If I know klipper can do that, I’ll try again, unless some other clipboard manager does it in an easier to setup fashion.

  2. Cheers for this list; I’ve had trouble installing many of these so I just went down the list and tried others! Clipit and Parcellite install but fail to launch, GPaste needs GTK 3.20 which fails to install.

    CopyQ installed but you can’t copy from it to external window (that option is bugged). Finally had some luck with Diodon. Installed it by adding their repository to apt and then apt install – easy enough.

    Had to dig around a bit to find how to set a global shortcut. If anyone else is looking, here’s how: https://esite.ch/2015/07/using-custom-shortcuts-of-de-as-diodon-hotkey/

    • Honest to goodness, this is one problem you won’t have with Windows, will you?

      Things like this and the infamous “dependency hell” often make me wonder why Linux is so hyped by its proponents.

      • Ha, yeah, I seem to remember Clipboard Recorder on Windows was pretty decent. On the other hand, Windows eats your hard drive like a hungry shark (even CCleaner can’t keep up as you notice your real estate shrink and shrink) and it’s not free. This is where Linux hype comes in.

        Disclaimer: I haven’t used Windows 10 so dunno if the hard drive problem still exists there.

    • It sounds like you may have board or power supply problems.

      Here is what to do, turn off the computer, remove the power cord. Then open it, if it is a laptop, it will be harder… then look at the motherboard to see if any components are puffed or burnt. open the power supply, look for the same things, puffed caps may be one problem that causes the voltages to not be right. Hope it works.


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