clipbored - continuously collects all selections in Xorg's clipboard buffers


  clipbored [OPTIONS]


clipbored is a daemon that continuously grabs all non-duplicate selections in the clipboard buffers and writes them to a plaintext history file for later use.

There are several scripts distributed with clipbored that'll use the history file for different purposes.


  dmenurl   - launch dmenu with all previously yanked URLs for you to select

  dmenuclip - launch dmenu listing all previously clipboarded content


  -l,   --last        show the n latest additions
  -c,   --clear       clear all history
  -n,   --no-daemon   do not detach from the shell
  -k,   --kill        kill a running clipbored session
  -h,   --help        show this help
  -m,   --man         display the manual
  -v,   --version     show version info


The history file location is $XDG_DATA_HOME/clipbored/clips

The X selection to use can be specified by setting the CLIPBORED_X_SELECTION environment variable.

If unset, or set to primary , text is grabbed from the XA_PRIMARY buffer. When text is selected with the mouse, or piped through xclip/xsel with zero arguments, it ends up here. This is most likely what you want.

If set to clipboard, text is grabbed from the XA_CLIPBOARD buffer. Data ends up in this buffer when an explicit action is taken to cut/copy text; used in many GUI environments.

To the best of my knowledge, the secondary buffer is rarely used at all.

The helper scripts can read properties from environment variables. These are recognized:

  CLIPBORED_DMENU_LISTMODE    regular/vertical
  CLIPBORED_DMENU_NORMAL_FG   foreground color in HEX
  CLIPBORED_DMENU_NORMAL_BG   background color in HEX
  CLIPBORED_DMENU_SELECT_FG   selected item background color in HEX
  CLIPBORED_DMENU_SELECT_BG   selected item foreground color in HEX
  CLIPBORED_DMENU_FONT        font that will be used
  CLIPBORED_DMENU_LINES       how many lines that will be shown in vertical mode
  CLIPBORED_X_SELECTION       X buffer to use: primary, secondary, clipboard


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  Magnus Woldrich


Markus Weimar suggested we should be able to pick the clipboard buffer to use. Since I very rarely use any GUI applications, I wasn't aware of the fact that when CTRL+C/CTRL+V etc is used, it goes into the XA_CLIPBOARD buffer instead of the XA_PRIMARY, probably rendering clipbored somewhat useless to the users using these types of applications. :)


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