CopyQ is advanced clipboard manager with searchable and editable history with support for image formats, command line control and more. It works on Windows and Ubuntu Linux.


  • CopyQ can be started with command copyq or just double-click the program icon. By default the application stores any new clipboard content in list in the first tab. Main window can be opened by either left clicking on tray icon, running command copyq show or using system-wide shortcut (configurable from Preferences).
  • In main window, you can edit the item by selecting it and pressing F2 key. After editing save the item with F2 key. Notice that after changing first item, the clipboard is changed too (you can paste the text to the list as a new item).
  • In main window you can search for items just by typing some text.
  • To quickly copy item to clipboard you can select the item in tray menu
  • Tabs, items, clipboard and configuration can be changed through command line interface. Run command copyq help to see complete list of commands and their description.

More Advanced Usage:

  • open video player if text copied in clipboard is URL with multimedia,
  • store text copied from a code editor in “code” tab,
  • store URLs in different tab,
  • save screenshots (print-screen),
  • load all files from directory to items (create image gallery),
  • replace a text in all matching items,
  • run item as a Python script.

Install CopyQ in Ubuntu 13.04, 12.10, 12.04 using PPA:

Hit Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal window for running commands. Execute following 3 commands one by one to install CopyQ from the ppa repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:samrog131/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install copyq

For Windows and Source Code, download from this page. Enjoy!