CopyQ is advanced clipboard manager with editing and scripting features.
CopyQ monitors system clipboard and saves its content in customized tabs. Saved clipboard can be later copied and pasted directly into any application.
Items can be:
- edited with internal editor or with preferred text editor,
- moved to other tabs,
- drag’n’dropped to applications,
- marked with tag or a note,
- passed to or changed by custom commands,
- or simply removed.
- Support for Linux, Windows and OS X 10.9+
- Store text, HTML, images or any other custom formats
- Quickly browse and filter items in clipboard history
- Sort, create, edit, remove, copy/paste, drag’n’drop items in tabs
- Add notes or tags to items
- System-wide shortcuts with customizable commands
- Paste items with shortcut or from tray or main window
- Fully customizable appearance
- Advanced command-line interface and scripting
- Ignore clipboard copied from some windows or containing some text
- Support for simple Vim-like editor and shortcuts
- Many more features
Install and Run
To install CopyQ, use binary package or installer provided for your system or follow instructions in INSTALL to build the application.
To start CopyQ run
copyq command without parameters. The application main
window is accessible by clicking on system tray icon or running
To exit the application select Exit from tray menu or press Ctrl-Q keys in the application window.
Developers and Translators
If you want to help with translating, fixing or writing code read HACKING file.
To build and run the application you’ll need Qt library. To compile on OS X, you will need at least Qt 5.2.
Optional dependency is QtWebKit which enables the application to use advanced HTML rendering and fetching remote images and other data. This is available through ItemWeb plugin.
Additionally X11 requires XFixes extension to be installed (fixes some clipboard issues).
Optional dependency for X11 is XTest extension (Ubuntu package
libxtst-dev for compilation). This is needed for some applications like
gedit so that automatic pasting works correctly.
item list navigation
move selected items
cycle through item formats
edit selected items (in place)
edit items in external editor
open action dialog for selected items
delete selected items
put current item into clipboard
Type a regular expressions (case-insensitive) to search/filter items.
On OS X, use Command instead of Ctrl for the shortcuts above.
CopyQ must be running to be able to issue commands using command line. Most of the examples should work on GNU/Linux with the correct applications installed.
To start CopyQ run following command:
Insert text to the clipboard:
copyq add "print([x**2 for x in range(10)])"
and process it in Python interpreter:
copyq action python
The result can be copied to the clipboard with:
copyq select 0
For each file in given directory create new item:
copyq action "ls /"
Load file content into clipboard:
copyq action "cat file.txt" ""
Note: Last argument is separator - empty string means “create single item”.
Process an item with the Python interpreter and redirect the standard output to the standard error output using sh command (shell):
copyq add 'print("Hello world!")' copyq action 'sh -c "python 1>&2"' copyq read 0
Note: Standard error output will be show as tray icon tooltip.
To concatenate items select them items in CopyQ window and press F5 key,
cat into command input field, check
Output into item(s) check box,
Separator field and press OK button to submit.
Monitor file (or pipe)
$HOME/clipboard and load every new line into clipboard:
copyq action "tail -f $HOME/clipboard"
This process can be killed by right clicking on tray icon and selecting the process from context menu.
Find files in current directory:
copyq action "find \"$PWD\" -iname '*.cpp'"
Open CopyQ window and select one of the found files from history. Open action
dialog (press F5 key) and in the command field type your favorite text editor
%1 will be replaced with temporary filename containing
To copy an image to clipboard use for example:
copyq write image/gif - < image.gif copyq write image/svg - < image.svg
Command Line Interface
Usage: copyq [COMMAND] Starts server if no command is specified. COMMANDs: show [NAME] Show main window and optionally open tab with given name. hide Hide main window. toggle Show or hide main window. menu Open context menu. exit Exit server. disable, enable Disable or enable clipboard content storing. clipboard [MIME] Print clipboard content. selection [MIME] Print X11 selection content. paste Paste clipboard to current window (may not work with some applications). copy TEXT Set clipboard text. copy MIME DATA [MIME DATA]... Set clipboard content. length, count, size Print number of items in history. select [ROW=0] Copy item in the row to clipboard. next Copy next item from current tab to clipboard. previous Copy previous item from current tab to clipboard. add TEXT... Add text into clipboard. insert ROW TEXT Insert text into given row. remove [ROWS=0...] Remove items in given rows. edit [ROWS...] Edit items or edit new one. Value -1 is for current text in clipboard. separator SEPARATOR Set separator for items on output. read [MIME|ROW]... Print raw data of clipboard or item in row. write [ROW=0] MIME DATA [MIME DATA]... Write raw data to given row. action [ROWS=0...] Show action dialog. action [ROWS=0...] [PROGRAM [SEPARATOR=\n]] Run PROGRAM on item text in the rows. Use %1 in PROGRAM to pass text as argument. popup TITLE MESSAGE [TIME=8000] Show tray popup message for TIME milliseconds. tab List available tab names. tab NAME [COMMAND] Run command on tab with given name. Tab is created if it doesn't exist. Default is the first tab. removetab NAME Remove tab. renametab NAME NEW_NAME Rename tab. exporttab FILE_NAME Export items to file. importtab FILE_NAME Import items from file. config List all options. config OPTION Get option value. config OPTION VALUE Set option value. eval, -e [SCRIPT] [ARGUMENTS]... Evaluate ECMAScript program. Arguments are accessible using with "arguments(0..N)". session, -s, --session SESSION Starts or connects to application instance with given session name. help, -h, --help [COMMAND]... Print help for COMMAND or all commands. version, -v, --version Print version of program and libraries. NOTES: - Use dash argument (-) to read data from stdandard input. - Use double-dash argument (--) to read all following arguments without expanding escape sequences (i.e. \n, \t and others). - Use ? for MIME to print available MIME types (default is "text/plain").