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Zsh clipboard plugin

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Zsh clipboard plugin that adds cross-platform helper functions to access the system clipboard. Works on macOS, X11 (and Wayland), Cygwin, MSYS2, and WSL (1 and 2).

  1. pbcopy - pipe something to this function, e.g. echo Hello world | pbcopy, and it will be copied to system clipboard.
  2. pbpaste - show the contents of the system clipboard, e.g. pbpaste | grep Hello.
  3. clip - a wrapper around the two previous functions. If you do not pipe something to it, the function will show the clipboard contents; otherwise, it will copy something to the clipboard.

How to install


  • Download the script or clone this repository in oh-my-zsh plugins directory:
cd ~/.oh-my-zsh/custom/plugins
git clone
  • Activate the plugin in ~/.zshrc:
plugins=( [plugins...] clipboard [plugins...])
  • Restart shell


Add the following to your .zshrc file somewhere after you source zpm.

zpm load zpm-zsh/clipboard


Add antigen bundle zpm-zsh/clipboard to the part of your .zshrc where you add your other plugins. Antigen will clone clipboard for you and add it to your antigen setup the next time you start a new shell.


For most people the easiest way to use zpm-zsh/clipboard with prezto is to manually clone the zpm-zsh/clipboard repo to a directory of your choice and symlink the /clipboard folder into your zpretzo/modules folder:

ln -s /path/to/clipboard ~/.zprezto/modules/clipboard

Alternatively, you can add the zpm-zsh/clipboard repository as a submodule to your prezto repo by manually editing the '.gitmodules' file:

[submodule "modules/clipboard"]
        path = modules/clipboard
        url =

Then make sure you activate the plugin in your .zpreztorc file:

zstyle ':prezto:load' pmodule \
clipboard \


Add the following to your .zshrc file somewhere after you source zplug.

zplug "zpm-zsh/clipboard"


Add the following to your .zshrc file somewhere after you source zcomet.zsh:

zcomet load zpm-zsh/clipboard