Is there a default clipboard history in Ubuntu 20.04 or later? If there is, how can I access it? I know there are lots of available applications for saving clipboard history in the default Ubuntu repositories.

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    I was a bit surprised by this, but it's true, I just tried my ubuntu 21.04 and it doesn't have a clipboard history. But I mostly use my other installation, which is kubuntu 20.04.3 LTS, and it does have a clipboard with history (accessed via the menubar).
    – michael
    Commented Aug 24, 2021 at 6:57

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You can give "CopyQ" a try, from Ubuntu Software store.

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    CopyQ (sudo apt install copyq) is an advanced clipboard manager with editing and scripting features. CopyQ monitors system clipboard and saves its content in customized tabs. Saved clipboard can be later copied and pasted directly into any application.
    – karel
    Commented Nov 22, 2021 at 17:57
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    Thank you, it helped me. Especially after assigning a shortcut Super + V to act like Windows clipboard. Commented Dec 25, 2021 at 1:06
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    This worked for me as well. However, I found adding the Super + V Global Shortcut through the app that I had to press it twice for it to work . Instead, I assigned the Super + V shortcut through Ubuntu's Settings -> Keyboard Shortcuts, adding a custom one that runs a command copyq menu that brings up the tray menu.
    – Sam
    Commented Mar 2, 2022 at 22:37
  • As a shortcut, I use CTRL + Super + V without any problem, as Super + V is already captured by default.
    – ATorras
    Commented Mar 3, 2022 at 15:36
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    Man, thanks a lot for CopyQ. "Paste on selection" feature is super useful Commented May 6, 2023 at 16:44

There isn't a default clipboard history in 20.04, just the current item in the clipboard or nothing if nothing has been copied to the clipboard. If nothing has been copied to the clipboard, the clipboard is empty. If something has been copied to the clipboard then by default the clipboard contains the last item that was copied to it.

Pasting a selected text snippet with your middle mouse button is completely separate from the normal clipboard. Selecting text does not copy it to your clipboard. This quick method of pasting only works with the middle mouse button. For more information visit GNOME help Middle-click.


I am now using ClipIt - https://github.com/CristianHenzel/ClipIt in my Ubuntu 20.04 ever since I have posted this question and am happy with it, everything is okay in terms of performance, features and etc. You can install it via ubuntu software or flathub or just click github link and follow the installation instruction they have provided in their github repo.

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    I install clipit from the Ubuntu APT repositories. When I run it, this message is displayed: "ClipIt has been deprecated and is no longer supported in Ubuntu. Diodon, a supported replacement for ClipIt, has been automatically installed for your convenience". The GitHub repo says that the version in the Debian and Ubuntu repositories is broken.
    – Flimm
    Commented Apr 11, 2022 at 9:43
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    I don't have any problem with my installation, it's a bit longer since I posted this question and successfully installed clipit and still using clipit til this time. I have googled "diodon clipit", and you're right, "clipit" has been replaced by "diodon" in debian official package. Here's the link of the debian official package, packages.debian.org/sid/clipit Commented May 16, 2022 at 20:52

I've released a clipboard manager Gnome extension which is a rewrite of Clipboard Indicator with vastly improved performance, new features, and bug fixes.




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You can download it with

sudo apt install gnome-shell-extensions-gpaste

By default the history will by shown by pressing <Ctrl><Alt>H, it can also be called with the command gpaste-client show-history

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    for me (ubuntu22.04) i never got to work Gpaste probably (e.g. couldn't set up hotkeys). But Qlipper* does the job for me. It also offers "sticky entries" for thinks you use often e.g. your email
    – tturbo
    Commented Nov 23, 2023 at 14:42

Go to https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/779/clipboard-indicator/ and install it.

Make sure you have the Firefox add-on of Gnome-shells website https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/gnome-shell-integration/?utm_source=addons.mozilla.org&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=search

You will have a clipboard on the top bar you can access. It resets after shutdown by the way.

  • in the current version, the clipboard history is preserved after a reboot by default
    – masterxilo
    Commented Jul 12 at 7:15

Go for Clipman if you are using Xfce.


I really like gnome-shell-pano.

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You need to install libgda and gsound for this extension to work.

sudo apt install gir1.2-gda-5.0 gir1.2-gsound-1.0
  • Interesting tool but how do you use it then? I tried shfit + super + V and nothing pops out Commented May 2 at 10:05

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