I can cat a file, copy and paste text with the middle button or shift-insert.
How can I copy text in vim and paste it from the system clipboard?
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You need to have Vim with the
xtermclipboard features compiled in. In Ubuntu, these are only available with the vim GUI packages (
Once you install one of these, you can copy to (and paste from) the clipboard registers (
+). From this very informative post on Vi and Vim:
For X11-based systems (ie. Linux and most other UNIX-like systems) there are 2 clipboards, which are independent of each other:
- PRIMARY - This is copy-on-select, and can be pasted with the middle mouse button.
- CLIPBOARD - This is copied with (usually)
^C, and pasted with
^V(It's like MS Windows).
Vim has 2 special registers corresponding to these clipboards:
*uses PRIMARY; mnemonic: star is select (for copy-on-select)
+uses CLIPBOARD; mnemonic: CTRL + C (for the common keybind)
To copy to a register, you precede the copy command (
" and the name of the register (
*, for example).
"*y, then middle-click to paste, or
"+y and ShiftInsert to paste.
I had issue because my vim was not supporting clipboard:
vim --version | grep clip -clipboard +insert_expand +path_extra +user_commands +emacs_tags -mouseshape +startuptime -xterm_clipboard
I installed vim-gnome (which support clipboard) and then checked again:
vim --version | grep clipboard +clipboard +insert_expand +path_extra +user_commands +emacs_tags +mouseshape +startuptime +xterm_clipboard
Now I am able to copy and paste using "+y and "+p respectively.
A quite interesting solution comes from this question. Install xclip, then pipe output of a command to xclip(
cat file | xclip -selection clipboard for instance ), and then paste it anywhere, (if that's in terminal - use Ctrl ShiftV
). Now , turns out you can actually shorten that command to
xclip -sel clip, which is not exactly apparent from reading man page or examples there.