A basic clipboard manager for Wayland, with support for persisting copy buffers after an application exits.
When you experience a clipboard-related bug, try to see if it still happens without clipman running, as it's more likely to be caused by one of our own known issues rather than wl-clipboard.
- a windows manager that uses
wlr-data-control, like Sway and other wlroots-based WMs.
- wl-clipboard >= 2.0
- a selector: wofi and bemenu are specially supported, but you can use what you want
- notify-send (optional, for desktop notifications)
Install go, add
$GOPATH/bin to your path, then run
go get github.com/yory8/clipman OR run
go install inside this folder.
A few distros ship with clipman binaries in their official or unofficial repos.
Run the binary in your Sway session by adding
exec wl-paste -t text --watch clipman store (or
exec wl-paste -t text --watch clipman store 1>> PATH/TO/LOGFILE 2>&1 & to log errors) at the beginning of your config. It is highly recommended that you run clipman with the
--no-persist option, see Known Issues.
For primary clipboard support, also add
exec wl-paste -p -t text --watch clipman store -P --histpath="~/.local/share/clipman-primary.json" (note that both the
-p in wl-paste and the
-P in clipman are mandatory in this case).
To query the history and select items, run the binary as
clipman pick -t wofi. You can assign it to a keybinding:
bindsym $mod+h exec clipman pick -t wofi.
You can pass additional arguments to the selector like this:
clipman pick --tool wofi -T'--prompt=my-prompt -i' (both
-i are flags of wofi).
You can use a custom selector like this:
clipman pick --print0 --tool=CUSTOM --tool-args="fzf --prompt 'pick > ' --bind 'tab:up' --cycle --read0".
To remove items from history,
clipman clear -t wofi and
clipman clear --all.
To serve the last history item at startup, add
exec clipman restore to your Sway config.
For more options:
We only support plain text.
By default, we continue serving the last copied item even after its owner has exited. This means that, unless you run with the
--no-persist option, you'll always immediately lose rich content; for example:
- vim's visual block mode breaks
- copying images in Firefox breaks
- if you copy a bookmark in Firefox, you won't be able to paste it in another bookmark folder
- if you copy formatted text inside Libre Office you'll lose all formatting on paste
clipman store with the
--no-persist option if you are affected. Unfortunately, it seems that there is no way to make them play well together.
Supporting images or fixing the known issues would require a complete rewrite using wlroots directly. Clipman is considered feature complete and is now in maintanance mode.
- Clipmon: a demon specialized in keeping the clipboard alive after an application quits; if that's your only reason for using a clipboard manager, it might be a better fit as it supports any filetype (not just text).
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