Is there a way to copy currently selected text into clipboard? I'm trying to make my eastystroke gesture more general than "Ctrl+C" since it doesn't work in every application - for example terminal.

I know I can select with mouse and then paste with middle button, but I want to have option to copy into second clipboard since I track its history in clipit and it won't change when I select something.

I also know that I can change keybindings in terminal but I prefer not to mess with my habits when it comes to "ctrl+c" and terminals.

  • middle mouse click is pretty easy if youre in the terminal already. Ctrl+shift+C is also pretty easy.
    – j0h
    Oct 8, 2016 at 4:50

3 Answers 3


You can do that using xclip (package xclip, not installed by default):

xclip -out -selection primary | xclip -in -selection clipboard
  • of course, that's it Jan 14, 2015 at 12:29

You can use

Ctrl + Shift + C

to copy in the terminal.

  • 1
    I assume OP knows that, he even mentions it in the question. Jan 14, 2015 at 11:44

Install Diodon clipboard. It has this feature by default.

sudo apt-get install diodon

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