In this guide I will be showing you how you can interact with the clipboard from the terminal. The focus of this will be how you can do things like copy the contents of a file (or output from a program) directly into memory and also how you can paste directly into a file from the terminal.
In order to follow this guide, you will need the following:
- Root/sudo access to install packages
- Be on a linux desktop or have a X Window server (X11).
First step is to make sure your package manager has an up to date list of packages
sudo apt update
We can then install xclip
sudo apt install xclip
Once its installed, we are able to use xclip to interract with our clipboard.
To copy, we can do this using this command:
xclip -selection c
To paste, we can do this
xclip -selection c -o
To make our lives easier and stop us having to write out all of that, we can add an alias to our bashrc file. Add the following to the end of our
alias copy="xclip -selection c" alias pasta="xclip -selection c -o"
Save the file and exit. We can then source the bashrc to load in our new aliases
We should now have an alias for copy (
copy) and paste (
pasta). Feel free to change these to whatever you like.
Here are a few examples using our
# Copy the contents of input.txt to the clipboard cat input.txt | copy # Paste into file named output.txt. pasta > output.txt