Install CopyQ Clipboard Manager on Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, Arch Linux

CopyQ is an open-source clipboard manager with advanced features. A clipboard manager converts the standard clipboard into an archive of content from previous copy operations. CopyQ provides a searchable and editable copy history including text, photos, drawings, and command lines, in addition to plain text copied within a console session.

This clipboard app can run on Linux, OS X and Windows. The latest version v2.7.1 was release on June 19th, 2016 at the time of this writing. This tutorial is going to show you how to install CopyQ on Ubuntu 16.04/14.04, Debian 7/Debian 8, Fedora 23/24, OpenSUSE, Arch Linux and how to compile it on other Linux distros.

Install CopyQ on Ubuntu 16.04/14.04 from PPA

This following  CopyQ PPA also works on distributions based on Ubuntu 16.04 or 14.04 like Linux Mint 18, Elementary OS.

Run the following commands one by one to install CopyQ from PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/indicators

sudo apt update

sudo apt install copyq

Then start it from Unity Dash or application menu.

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Install CopyQ on Debian 8 Jessie/Debian 7 Wheezy

Go to Github CopyQ project page , download the CopyQ deb package for your architecture (amd64 or i386). Then navigate to the download folder and install it using gdebi which will help us automatically install dependencies, if there is any.

sudo apt install gdebi

sudo gdebi copyq_2.7.1_Debian*.deb

Install CopyQ on Fedora 23/24

It’s in Fedora official repository. To install it, simply run this command

sudo dnf install copyq

Install CopyQ on OpenSUSE TumbleWeed

Go to Github CopyQ project page and download the OpenSUSE rpm package for your architecture (amd64 or i386). Next, navigate to the download folder and install it using zypper command.

sudo zypper install copyq_2.7.1_openSUSE_Tumbleweed.*.rpm

Install CopyQ on Arch Linux

Arch Linux users can use yaourt package manager to install CopyQ from AUR.

yaourt copyq

Install CopyQ on other Linux distributions

We will clone the CopyQ repository from Github and then compile it from source.

git clone

cd CopyQ/

cmake .


sudo make install

libqt4 development package (libqt4-dev or libqt4-devel) is required in order to compile CopyQ.

How to Use CopyQ Clipboard Manager

One thing you need to be aware of is that by default it won’t show the user interface. You have to click Show/Hide button.

copyq clipboard manager

To edit texts in an item, select the item and then press F2. If you want to edit the item in external editor, press Ctrl+E.

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In order to copy and paste an item into another application such as firefox, right-click the item and then select move to clipboard.

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To create a new item, press Ctrl+N and save it with F2.

CopyQ also comes with a command line interface. For more information, type this command in terminal.

copyq help

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One Response to “Install CopyQ Clipboard Manager on Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, Arch Linux

  • Dave Mason
    5 years ago

    It would be better to have the dependencies to compile CopyQ, IE. libqt4-dev listed before the command to compile it.

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