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. Don’t...

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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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