I'm looking for a program that saves the recent clipboard items (plain text would be enough) for Ubuntu 14.04.

Thanks for any help !

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    Glipper is a popular choice. Feb 10, 2015 at 23:40
  • Glipper works fine. Do you want to post it as an answer?
    – jeff
    Feb 11, 2015 at 0:22
  • Done! Glad you liked it. Feb 11, 2015 at 15:56

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I use ClipIt is a Parcelite fork with Ubuntu menu integration.

sudo apt-get install clipit

It works on both, GNOME 3 and Unity.


Glipper was a clipboard manager, it was removed from Ubuntu and Debian in 2018.

For *buntu 20.04 several options are available:

  • qlipper
  • clipit
  • copyq
  • diodon
  • parcellite
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    Thanks. For future users : please don't hesitate to add more good options, if any.
    – jeff
    Feb 13, 2015 at 11:54
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    Ubuntu 16, no success.
    – atilkan
    May 10, 2017 at 22:09
  • the link is broken and I cant find Glipper on Software Center
    – matan h
    Aug 25, 2021 at 14:45

You can try Keepboard. It is easy to use and seems to be stable and reliable.

  • If you do decide to go with Keepboard then download the zip, extract it to its own folder, and make start.sh executable. Once you do that, it's easy to run and once you have it running you can make it run at startup with a simple checkbox in the preferences.
    – KGIII
    Oct 20, 2015 at 8:49

I'm using GPaste:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/gnome3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions-gpaste

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    doesn't seem to work anymore. Gnome, xfce, xUbuntu 14.04, April 2016.
    – phil294
    Apr 7, 2016 at 21:21
  • It worked for me on Ubuntu 18.04. You need to know the keyboard shortcuts though: Ubuntu > Settings > Devices > Keyboard > GPaste
    – DJDaveMark
    Jun 14, 2018 at 12:46

CopyQ is awesome advanced Linux clipboard manager. It has tons of valuable features.


$ sudo apt install copyq

And add global shortcut:

Tray icon > Preferences > Shortcuts Tab > Custom Actions and Global Shortcuts.. > Add > Show/hide main window

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    Seems interesting. Unfortunately, it is not on 16.04 repositories, as I though on a first glance. On the web site, 18.04+ is mentioned, but anyway I can't add 'cause its repository is blocked by my company's policies. Might be worth adding that you need to add repositories to your system to get it. Feb 27, 2018 at 19:27
  • This question about 14.04 LTS message caused a similar question about 16.04 LTS to be flagged as duplicate of it: askubuntu.com/questions/850209/… There are other answers there, too.
    – SDsolar
    Jun 4, 2018 at 14:35

Diodon is another good option available for both GTK and Unity. Works pretty much like the others in the answers already given. However, you can search your recent 'clips' using Dash.

As at this posting, it supports up to 15.04 - the latest version.

Install it with the follow

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:diodon-team/stable

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install diodon

If you need the Dash functionality, you'll need a plugin for that.

sudo apt-get install unity-scope-diodon

Then use Super + b to get the Dash scope.

Check out this blog post for more information


I use Clippy, a docklet that works with Plank (I don't use Unity). I think Clippy also comes with Docky.

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