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Clipboard(3pm) User Contributed Perl Documentation Clipboard(3pm)


Clipboard - Copy and paste with any OS


version 0.19


    use Clipboard;
    print Clipboard->paste;
    # Same as copy on non-X / non-Xclip systems

Clipboard->cut() is an alias for copy(). copy() is the preferred method, because we're not really "cutting" anything.

Also see the scripts: clipaccumulate clipbrowse clipedit clipfilter clipjoin


Who doesn't remember the first time they learned to copy and paste, and generated an exponentially growing text document? Yes, that's right, clipboards are magical.

With, this magic is now trivial to access, in a cross-platform-consistent API, from your Perl code.


Seems to be working well for Linux, OSX, *BSD, and Windows. I use it every day on Linux, so I think I've got most of the details hammered out (X selections are kind of weird). Please let me know if you encounter any problems in your setup.


Ryan King <>


Copyright (c) 2010. Ryan King. All rights reserved.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.




The following websites have more information about this module, and may be of help to you. As always, in addition to those websites please use your favorite search engine to discover more resources.

Bugs / Feature Requests

Please report any bugs or feature requests by email to "bug-clipboard at", or through the web interface at <>. You will be automatically notified of any progress on the request by the system.

Source Code

The code is open to the world, and available for you to hack on. Please feel free to browse it and play with it, or whatever. If you want to contribute patches, please send me a diff or prod me to pull from your repository :)


  git clone


Shlomi Fish <>


Please report any bugs or feature requests on the bugtracker website <>

When submitting a bug or request, please include a test-file or a patch to an existing test-file that illustrates the bug or desired feature.


This software is copyright (c) 2019 by Ryan King <>.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.

2019-01-31 perl v5.28.1