Lets you access the clipboard from everywhere. Currently supported platforms:
- Cygwin (POSIX environment for Windows)
- WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux)
- Gtk+ (Cross Platform Widget Toolkit)
- Java (on JRuby)
Clipboard.copy- Copies a string to system clipboard
Clipboard.paste- Paste contents from system clipboard as string
Clipboard.clear- Empties the system clipboard
- 2.6, 2.5, 2.4, 2.3
Unsupported, but might still work:
- 2.2, 2.1, 2.0, 1.9
Add the following lines to your
gem "clipboard" gem "ffi", :platforms => [:mswin, :mingw] # Required by Clipboard on Windows
- Important note for Linux users: The clipboard requires the xsel or the xclip command-line program. On debian and ubuntu, xsel can be installed with:
sudo apt-get install xsel
In most environments, the appropriate clipboard implementation can be detected automatically. If none is found, the gem will fallback to a file based one, which will just write to/read from
~/.clipboard instead of the system clipboard.
You can check the implementation used with:
Alternative Clipboard Providers
There are two implementations included in this gem, which are not used by default. You can opt-in to use them if you think they are a better fit for your application environment:
Clipboard.implementation = Clipboard::Java
This is an option for JRuby users which will use the clipboard functionality from the Java standard library.
Clipboard.implementation = Clipboard::Gtk
This utilizes the GTK+ library. See Ruby-GNOME2 for more info.
gtk2 gem to be installed.
Tips & Tricks
Linux: Using Clipboard via SSH
To be able to use the clipboard through SSH, you need to install
xauth on your server and connect via
ssh -X or
ssh -Y. Please note that some server settings restrict this feature.
Linux: Paste From Specific X11 Selection
The clipboard on Linux is divided into multiple clipboard selections. You can choose from which clipboard you want to
paste from by
passing it as an argument. The default is :clipboard, other options are :primary and :secondary.
Clipboard.copy always copies to all three clipboards.
Windows: Encoding Info
Windows uses UTF-16LE as its default encoding, so pasted strings will always come in UTF-16. You can then manually convert them to your desired encoding, for example, UTF-8, using the String#encode method:
CLI Utility: blip
The blip gem is a handy command-line wrapper for the clipboard gem. It lets you quickly copy file content to your clipboard:
$ blip FILE_NAME
Without any arguments, it will just paste the contents of the clipboard.