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Clipboard Manager with Advanced Features

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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.


Preview Items Simple Editor Tabs Tree View Run Action and Create Items Open in Web Browser



To install CopyQ, use the binary package or installer provided for your system.

For unlisted systems, please follow the instructions in Build from Source Code.


Chocolatey package

On Windows you can use one of the following options to install the app:

Using Scoop:

scoop install copyq

Using Chocolatey:

choco install copyq


Homebrew package

On OS X you can use Homebrew to install the app.

brew install --cask copyq

Debian 10+, Ubuntu 18.04+, and their derivatives

Install copyq package.

copyq-plugins is highly recommended. copyq-doc available.

Ubuntu PPA

Install and keep CopyQ always up to date by running the following three commands from the terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hluk/copyq
sudo apt update
sudo apt install copyq


Install copyq package.

Arch Linux

Install copyq package.

Other Linux Distributions

Install Flatpak and com.github.hluk.copyq from Flathub.

flatpak install flathub com.github.hluk.copyq

Start the application from menu or with following command:

flatpak run com.github.hluk.copyq

Using the App

To start the application double-click the program icon or run copyq.

The list with clipboard history is accessible by clicking on system tray icon or running copyq toggle.

Copying text or image to clipboard will create new item in the list.

Selected items can be:

All items will be restored when application is started next time.

To exit the application select Exit from tray menu or press Ctrl-Q keys in the application window.

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Adding Functionality

To create custom action that can be executed from menu, with shortcut or when clipboard changes:

One of very useful predefined commands there is “Show/hide main window”.

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Command Line

CopyQ has powerful command line and scripting interface.

Note: The main application must be running to be able to issue commands using command line.

Print help for some useful command line arguments:

copyq --help
copyq --help add

Insert some texts to the history:

copyq add -- 'first item' 'second item' 'third item'

Omitting double-dash (--) in the command above would mean that slash (\) in arguments will be treated as special character so that \n is new line character, \t is tab, \\ is slash, \x is x etc.

Create single item containing two lines:

copyq add 'first line\nsecond line'

Print content of the first three items:

copyq read 0 1 2
copyq separator "," read 0 1 2

Show current clipboard content:

copyq clipboard
copyq clipboard text/html
copyq clipboard \?    # lists formats in clipboard

Copy text to the clipboard:

copyq copy "Some Text"

Load file content into clipboard:

copyq copy - < file.txt
copyq copy text/html < index.html
copyq copy image/jpeg - < image.jpg

Create image items:

copyq write image/gif - < image.gif
copyq write image/svg - < image.svg

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Build from Source Code

To build the application from source code, first install the required dependencies:

Install Dependencies


sudo apt install \
  cmake \
  extra-cmake-modules \
  git \
  libqt5svg5 \
  libqt5svg5-dev \
  libqt5waylandclient5-dev \
  libqt5x11extras5-dev \
  libwayland-dev \
  libxfixes-dev \
  libxtst-dev \
  qtbase5-private-dev \
  qtdeclarative5-dev \
  qttools5-dev \
  qttools5-dev-tools \
  qtwayland5 \

RHEL / CentOS / Oracle Linux

sudo yum install \
  cmake \
  extra-cmake-modules \
  gcc-c++ \
  git \
  libXfixes-devel \
  libXtst-devel \
  qt5-qtbase-devel \
  qt5-qtdeclarative-devel \
  qt5-qtsvg-devel \
  qt5-qttools-devel \
  qt5-qtwayland-devel \
  qt5-qtx11extras-devel \
  wayland-devel \

Build the App

Change install prefix if needed:

git clone
cd CopyQ
cmake .

You can now run the built app.



You can help translate the application (click the banner below) or help fix issues and implement new features.


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