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.
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.
Install CopyQ on other Linux distributions
We will clone the CopyQ repository from Github and then compile it from source.
git clone https://github.com/hluk/CopyQ.git cd CopyQ/ cmake . make 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.
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.
In order to copy and paste an item into another application such as firefox, right-click the item and then select move to clipboard.
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.
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