15

I have recently installed the i3 tiling window manager [1] on my Ubuntu system and I'm trying to figure out how to copy & paste between various terminal and application windows.

How can this be done?

[1] http://i3wm.org

6 Answers 6

12

Some terminals use CTRL+SHIFT+C and CTRL+SHIFT+V to copy and paste, while others use CTRL+ALT+C and CTRL+ALT+V, like urxvt (See https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Rxvt-unicode#Cut_and_paste ).

For i3wm, try using a clipboard manager, like clipit.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install clipit

Add exec --no-startup-id clipit to ~/.i3/config to start it automatically.

1
  • Note, clipit is not longer maintained. diodon is a common replacement Jul 26, 2022 at 0:06
4

I have just had success using the middle mouse button with xterm in i3 to copy from a remote terminal to firefox. Use the middle mouse button to copy and paste.

1
  • Yeah - it's working - select text from terminal and middle click to paste to browser
    – Adam
    Oct 12, 2018 at 16:08
3

You have had good answers above, I will just add a detail. As a default, the clipboard of each container is emptied when the container is closed. So if you copy some text from a terminal, close the terminal, and paste the text in another terminal - it will not work, because the clipboard will have been emptied in the meanwhile.

1
  • 1
    This should be the answer
    – ZirconCode
    May 12, 2018 at 12:29
2

I installed xfce4-terminal which pretty much does exactly what I need.

sudo apt-get install xfce4-terminal
0

I don't use that myself, but your copy buffer might be accessible through ctrl +shift+c to copy and v to paste. These is also programs like xclipboard for capturing output of terminal commands into a clipboard. Try it out, report back!

4
  • 1
    Hi. I tried the ctrl+shift+c and ctrl+shift+v but it definitely doesn't work. Not sure about the xclipboard thing, sounds a bit complicated.
    – Luke
    Oct 5, 2013 at 5:31
  • yah, it's more to pipe the output of a command into to get it into your clipboard Oct 5, 2013 at 5:32
  • Have you tried terminator ? It's another tiling terminal which ctrl+shift+c works in Oct 5, 2013 at 5:34
  • Terminator is kinda defying the point of i3. I tried gnome-terminal but it does something weird like not everything is displayed correctly.
    – Luke
    Oct 5, 2013 at 5:49
0

I just got mine done by holding down Ctrl+mouse wheel. Then selecting from the popup that comes the option: Select to clipboard by moving the mouse to that option and releasing the mouse wheel. Then I went ahead and selected the text I wanted to copy in the terminal and it worked.

This was done in i3 wm

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.