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xclip

X11 clipboard manipulation tool, similar to xsel. Handles the X primary and secondary selections, plus the system clipboard (Ctrl + C/Ctrl + V).

  • Copy the output from a command to the X11 primary selection area (clipboard):

echo 123 | xclip

  • Copy the output from a command to a given X11 selection area:

echo 123 | xclip -selection {{primary|secondary|clipboard}}

  • Copy the output from a command to the system clipboard, using short notation:

echo 123 | xclip -sel clip

  • Copy the contents of a file into the system clipboard:

xclip -sel clip {{input_file.txt}}

  • Copy the contents of a PNG image into the system clipboard (can be pasted in other programs correctly):

xclip -sel clip -t image/png {{input_file.png}}

  • Copy the user input in the console into the system clipboard:

xclip -i

  • Paste the contents of the X11 primary selection area to the console:

xclip -o

  • Paste the contents of the system clipboard to the console:

xclip -o -sel clip