10 Best Clipboard Managers for Linux

Many times you get frustrated after copying something to your clipboard and then end up clearing it due to distraction from something else or someone. It can be annoying when this actually happens.

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But how can you do away with such frustration? That is the question we are going to answer in this article.

Here, we shall look at clipboard managers that can help you manage and keep track of you clipboard contents.

What is a Clipboard Manager?

You can refer to a clipboard manager as a utility or tool that is runs in the background of your Linux system and keeps a history everything that you have saved to your system clipboard.

Why you actually need a Clipboard Manager?

One important use of clipboard managers is that you do not have to worry of clearing or overwriting your clipboard content especially if you a programmer or writer and do a lot of copy and paste.

There are many tools out there that can help you manage your Linux clipboard and these include:

1. CopyQ

This is a advanced clipboard manager which is available on most if not all platforms. It has editing and scripting features including some of the following:

  1. Command line control and scripting
  2. Searchable
  3. Image format support
  4. Editable history
  5. Customize tray menu
  6. Fully customizable appearance
  7. Variety of system-wide shortcuts and many more.
CopyQ Clipboard Manager
CopyQ Clipboard Manager

Visit Homepage: http://hluk.github.io/CopyQ/

2. GPaste

It is a powerful and great clipboard manager for GNOME based distributions, but can work on a variety of desktop environments as well.

It has features such as:

  1. Integration with the GNOME shell
  2. Clipboard history management
  3. Quick access shortcuts
  4. Copying images
  5. GTK+3 GUI
GPaste Clipboard Manager
GPaste Clipboard Manager

Visit Homepage: https://github.com/Keruspe/GPaste

3. Klipper

Klipper is a clipboard manager for the KDE desktop environment. It offers fundamental features similar to that offered by Gpaste, but is also has some advanced and power features such as clipboard actions.

Some of its features include:

  1. History management
  2. Quick access shortcuts
  3. Image copying
  4. Create custom actions
Klipper Clipboard Manager
Klipper Clipboard Manager

Visit Homepage: https://userbase.kde.org/Klipper

4. Clipman

It is a lightweight clipboard plugin option for XFCE desktop environment and works well on XFCE based distributions such as Xubuntu.

It is feature rich including:

  1. History management
  2. Access shortcuts
  3. Ignoring application closure signals
  4. Tweaks support and many more
Clipman Clipboard Manager
Clipman Clipboard Manager

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

5. Diodon

It is a light weight but yet powerful clipboard manager designed to work best when integrated with Unity and GNOME desktop environments.

It has the following features similar to other clipboard management tools:

  1. Desktop integration
  2. History management in terms of size and so on
  3. Quick access shortcuts
  4. Copying images
Diodon Clipboard Manager
Diodon Clipboard Manager

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

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7 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.

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  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/

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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