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CopyQ -An Advanced Clipboard Manager for Linux

CopyQ Clipboard Manager for Linux
Written by Martins Okoi

CopyQ is an advanced clipboard manager with editing and scripting features, that lets you intelligently manipulate your system’s clipboard content and use it within a wide range of applications. It monitors your system’s clipboard and saves its content in a way you can later paste it directly into another application.

CopyQ’s copied content can be:

  • marked using tags and notes
  • passed to or changed by custom commands
  • moved to other tabs
  • drag’n’dropped to applications
  • deleted
CopyQ Clipboard Manager for Linux

CopyQ Clipboard Manager

Features in CopyQ

  • Nice and completely customizable UI
  • Lets you add notes or tags to items
  • Cross-platform – runs on Linux, Windows and OS X 10.9+
  • Stores text, HTML, images and several other formats
  • Search filters to use on items in clipboard history
  • Sort, create, edit, remove, copy/paste, drag’n’drop items in tabs
  • Support for advanced command-line interface and scripting
  • Native support for customizable keyboard shortcuts

You will just have to use the app yourself to know about its other features.

Install and Run CopyQ

Installation is easy via the terminal:

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

Start the application by double-click CopyQ’s or by running copyq.


Access the list with clipboard history running copyq toggle or clicking on CopyQ’s icon in the system tray. Newly copied texts and images are automatically added to the list.

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Any items you select can be:

  • edited: F2
  • removed: Delete
  • sorted: Ctrl+Shift+S,Ctrl+Shift+R
  • moved around: with mouse or Ctrl+Up/Down
  • copied back to clipboard: Enter, Ctrl+V

CopyQ also has a powerful command line and scripting interface among other features you can use to your advantage and you can read about them on its GitHub page.

It’s quite more advanced than Indicator Bulletin, if you ask me.

But anyway, what is your take on CopyQ? Is it going to be your default clipboard manager now or do you have alternative apps to suggest? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


About the author

Martins Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate student who loves the Open Source community. With 700+ articles under his belt, he continues to recommend the best software that the app market has to offer while tackling several discussion topics in IT.