Various of these raise security concerns, i.e. do you want a password that you copied from your password manager to be lying around in your clipboard manager forever?
I have a notion that Jumpcut and Flycut grow out of the same codebase? If so the divorce was messy because they now ignore each other at parties. Flycut was forked from Jumpcut while Jumpcut was inactive for a couple of years, I think? Both now seem to have added App Store support. Free/open source.
Maccy is a free, open-source mac clipboard manager. It respects password privacy on the clipboard configurably and looks rather nice. It seems to be friends with both Flycut and Jumpcut which might be awkward at parties.
Clipy doesn’t have English documentation that I can see so I will not itemise its advantages right now. It is a free, open-source MacOS clipboard manager.
Clipboard manager CopyQ (Mac/Windows/Linux) offers syncing of clips via file on disk. If you have secure sync this might be attractive to you. That would even provide a (circuitous) means of getting clipboard contents copied to smartphones.
In CopyQ there seems to be no way of marking passwords on the clipboard as secret unless they come from certain password apps, and that is tedious, and presumes you aren’t using a command-line password manager, or a browser plugin.
brew install --cask copyq
Paste is the app I was using for ages. They are a subscription service, AUD16.50/yr.
Yoink (Mac/iOs) also interpolates itself into drag-and-drop, which is a killer USP.
The KDE one (Mac/Windows/Android,Linux). Note it relies on google cloud messaging for sync which is deprecated; possibly an indication of undermaintenance. Functions fine as a local clipboard thing though.
A sometimes-recommended Windows one I haven’t used is
Built-in windows clipboard manager
Windows 10 includes clipboard history per default.
Clipboard as file
Not mainstream, but apparently a thing for hobbyists and CYGWIN?
Mentioned elsewhere but collated here: the tips for using shell scripting to interact with the clipboard!
cat foo | pbcopy pbpaste > whatever.txt
Easy …and yet! Needlessly doesn’t do what you expect!
The command is
xclip, which per default copies your data into pneumatic pipes,
or somewhere else I do not know how to retrieve it from because I am not 7ee+ hack0rz.
There is some whole parallel copy-paste system that I do no care about and which is not in my muscle memory and I will therefore never use.
Something about my “middle mouse button” which is something I have on relatively few of the mismatched menagerie of mice that my computers use.
Anyway, the argument I need to actually use to work with the clipboard content for normal apps accessed using the copy paste conventions of the non-X11 world and laptops without a “middle button”, is
cat foo.txt | xclip -selection clipboard xclip --out -selection clipboard > file.txt
I can never remember this half way through a pipe when I need it, so I put this in my bash profile and pretend I am on macOS.
alias pbcopy "xclip -selection clipboard" alias pbpaste "xclip --out -selection clipboard"
cat foo.txt | fish_clipboard_copy
You want to copy and paste between devices? If you are only using Apple devices this is easy via “Hand off”. Microsoft offers a Windows sync service. Cross platform though… Hmm. A couple of the above options, e.g. CopyQ offer sync. So does Paste, and Copied. Beware of the obvious security risks of pumping various passwords to all the computers you own. In practice I do not need this often enough to bother with it and I use a secure note-taking app to send notes between my computers explicitly rather than using magical note syncing.
Clipbrd Chrome browser ↔︎ Android app copying app.
pastebin, the public sharing thing also has a command line.
handy if what you are copying is not private.
Copy text from your PC to your Smart device’s clipboard, and Paste text from your device’s clipboard to your PC, instantly! All you need is the PC application, and the Android application on your device. No sign-in required!
Text can be copied over any network. As long as your PC and Smart device both have internet connections, you’re good to go. Alt-C uses Google Cloud Messaging with SSL connections to copy the text.