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cliphist (v0.5.6)

Read data from clipboard managers at Linux and Mac,


The easiest way is install from melpa using package manager.

If you install from source code, please place cliphist.el somewhere (say ~/.emacs/lisp), and insert below code into ~/.emacs:

(add-to-list 'load-path "~/.emacs.d/lisp/")
(require 'cliphist)


Make sure the clipboard manager is running.

If you use Flycut on macOS, set up “Preferences > General > Clippings” so its value is “Save After each clip”.

  • M-x cliphist-paste-item to paste item from history. C-u M-x cliphist-paste-item rectangle paste item
  • M-x cliphist-select-item to select item

Advanced Tips (OPTIONAL)

Tip 1

You can customize the behavior of cliphist-select-item,

(setq cliphist-select-item-callback
      (lambda (num str) (cliphist-copy-to-clipboard str)))

Tip 2

If `cliphist-cc-kill-ring` is true, the selected/pasted string will be inserted into kill-ring.

(setq cliphist-cc-kill-ring t)

Tip 3

You can tweak cliphist-linux-clipboard-managers to tell cliphist how to detect clipboard manager,

(setq cliphist-linux-clipboard-managers '("clipit" "parcellite"))

Bug Report



This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see

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