Extremely useful panel plugin: Clipman

If you do not know what a clipboard or copy/paste is, be sure to check the Wikipedia article.

Xfce has many useful panel plugins. One which I never even knew existed, let alone thought of adding to my panel, was the “Clipboard Manager” aptly named Clipman.

This was until I learnt that it would solve one slight annoyance: something you copy to your clipboard will get lost when you close the window you copied it from. While I was already quite content when I heard that Clipman could fix this, I quickly learnt it has many more benefits which woke up the power user inside me.

One example: did you ever copy something that you wanted to paste elsewhere after you had finished whatever it was that you were doing? If you did then you probably have also experienced that uneasy feeling of having to be constantly aware not to copy anything else in order to preserve the item currently on your clipboard. Well, you can say goodbye to that feeling now, because with Clipman, you can switch back and forth between previously copied items with the smallest effort imaginable.

And as if that weren’t enough, you can also have Clipman save your selections. No more efforts to press Ctrl+C (or even worse: right-click and select Copy!), a measly selection is enough! Oh, by the way, did I mention the small but very convenient ability to paste with a single click on your middle mouse button that is present in every Linux distribution by default?

So, here I am, having convinced you of the sheer greatness of the Clipman Xfce Panel plugin, but I still haven’t told you how to add it to your panel. Well, it’s simple really, as it is already installed by default in Xubuntu. You just right click the panel, click Add New Item, select Clipman and press Add. You can then click the Clipman icon and browse through a handy list of clipboard items previously copied, with the current one highlighted in bold. If you want to configure it, right click the Clipman icon and select Properties. Some of the configuration options include whether you want Clipman to remember selections, how many history items it should remember and whether you want to display line numbers. Have fun with this simple but amazingly convenient plugin!

Note: An alternative for Gnome is Glipper, the KDE alternative, with its highly original name, is Klipper, which doesn’t seem to have a website.

13 Responses to “Extremely useful panel plugin: Clipman”


  1. 1 bartek 24 September 2007 at 4:22 pm

    Is this also available for Ubuntu?
    This plugin sounds handy.

  2. 2 Vincent 24 September 2007 at 4:27 pm

    I think a similar replacement for Gnome would be Glipper. It doesn’t look as good as Clipman in my opinion, but it can be extended with plugins (so those are plugins in a plugin😛 ). An alternative for KDE would be Klipper (wow, those names are good) which doesn’t seem to have a homepage. I’ll add both to the post.

  3. 3 bartek 24 September 2007 at 5:48 pm

    Thx, I’ll give it a try.

  4. 4 Phi 25 September 2007 at 11:27 pm

    Doesn’t selecting and middle clicking for copy paste always work by default?

  5. 5 Vincent 26 September 2007 at 7:37 am

    Phi, you’re right, and I never meant to say this was because of Clipman. I’ll clear it up in the post, thanks.

  6. 6 Tonky 26 September 2007 at 6:52 pm

    The world needs more people like you, pointing out simple functions that save a lot of time. (woohoo)

    Kudos.

  7. 7 StrangeQuark 29 September 2007 at 11:17 am

    Why can’t Xfce just play along and call their clipboard manager Xlipper!
    (j/k, obviously🙂 )

    I’ve been using Clipman for a couple of months now. It’s really handy.

    (Just thought of something: Fluxbox’s would be called Flipper!😄 )

  8. 8 Raphaël 16 October 2007 at 6:18 pm

    I use it everyday. But from time to time, I noticed it doesn’t list my last select/copy so I just use Caps+Insert to paste it instead of Ctrl+V.

    Also, when you’re on battery on a laptop, you want to get rid of Clipman as it litteraly eats battery power…

  9. 9 a m 26 April 2012 at 4:59 am

    Can the entire clip board history be saved into a normal file ? How to access the history all at once ?

  10. 10 Mark 20 January 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Not installed by default on XUbuntu 12.10. Available by installing the xfce4 goodies.

  11. 11 fowlslegs 15 April 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I run Xubuntu 12.10, but prefer Glipper because it has all the functionalities of xfce4-clipman and more. With a customizable keyboard shortcut I can bring up the clipboard list anywhere and with one click paste to the current cursor position. Also, I can save often used commands such as `sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude upgrade` as “snippets,” which are saved indefinitely and can be brought up immediately.

    • 12 fowlslegs 15 April 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Also in regards to Vincent’s comment, as of 2013, I think most would agree Glipper now is more aesthetically pleasing.


  1. 1 Ubuntu Musings » Blog Archive » Panel plugins, part one Trackback on 26 September 2007 at 3:11 am

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