CopyQ clipboard manager for tracking clipboard history

How do you copy and paste text? let me guess. You can use the right-click menu to copy and paste, or you can use Ctrl + C to copy text and Ctrl + V to paste text. The text copied in this way will be saved to the “clipboard”. of Clipboard It is a special location in the system memory that is used to store cut or copied text (including images in some cases).

But have you ever encountered a situation where you copy text first and then another text and then realize that you need to copy the text earlier? Trust me, this happens often.

You can use the clipboard manager instead of looking for the text you want to copy before.

Clipboard manager is a handy little tool for keeping a history of the text you copied. If you need to use the previously copied text, you can use the Clipboard Manager to copy it again.


There are several clipboard managers available for Linux. In this article, I will introduce a tool called CopyQ.

CopyQ Clipboard Manager

Copy Q It is a beautiful clipboard manager with many functions to manage the clipboard of the system. It is a free and open source software that can be used on major Linux distributions.

Like other clipboard managers, CopyQ monitors the system clipboard and saves its contents. It can save text and images in the clipboard.

CopyQ is located in the system tray and you can easily access it from there. From the system tray, just click the desired text. It will automatically copy the text, and you will notice that the copied text moves to the top of the saved clipboard.

Copyq system tray

In the system tray, it displays only the five most recent clips. You can use the “Show / Hide Main Window” option in the system tray to open the main window. CopyQ can save up to 200 clips. You can edit clipboard items here.

CopyQ main window

You can also set keyboard shortcuts to carry the clipboard with several key combinations. This option is available in Preferences-> Shortcuts.

CopyQ Clipboard Manager shortcut

If you decide to use it, I recommend enabling the auto-start function to automatically run CopyQ when you start the system. By default, it will save 200 items in the history, which I think is a lot. You may also need to change it.

CopyQ Clipboard Manager starts automatically

CopyQ is an advanced clipboard manager with many other functions. You can search for text in saved clipboard items. You can sort, create, edit or change the order of clipboard items.

You can ignore the clipboard copied from some windows or containing some text. You can also temporarily disable clipboard saving. CopyQ also supports editors similar to Vim and shortcuts for Vim enthusiasts.

You can explore more functions by yourself. For me, the most remarkable feature is that it gives me easy access to older copied text, which I am satisfied with.

Install CopyQ on Linux

CopyQ is available for Linux, Windows and macOS. You can get executable files for Windows and macOS From its website.

For Linux, CopyQ is available in the repositories of all major Linux distributions. This means you can find it in the software center, or you can install it using the package manager of the distribution.

If the Universe repository is enabled, Ubuntu users can find it in the software center.

CopyQ Software CenterCopyQ in Ubuntu Software Center

Alternatively, you can install it using the apt command:

sudo apt install copyq

Ubuntu users can also choose to use the official PPA and always get the latest stable CopyQ version. For example, at the time of writing, the CopyQ version in Ubuntu 20.04 is 3.10, and PPA has a newer version 3.11. It is indeed your choice.

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

You may also want to know how to delete PPA in the future.

Do you use the clipboard manager?

I am surprised that many people are not even aware of the necessary utilities like clipboard manager. For me, it is one of the essential productivity tools on Linux.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, there are several clipboard managers available for Linux. CopyQ is one of such tools. Do you use or know of other similar clipboard tools? Why not let us know in the comments?

If you start using CopyQ after reading this article, please share your experience with others. What do you like and dislike? The comments section belongs to you.

CopyQ clipboard manager for tracking clipboard history