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Clipboard Managers

For many years I’ve used the excellent Clipboardsharing to exchange the clipboard contents between my laptop and desktop machines, it also supports multiple clipboards. However it is not supported under Mac OS X 10.7.x (Lion) and the developer website seems to have disappeared. I spent a while looking at various alternatives and I thought I’d summarise my findings.

I should add I had a pretty clear view on my needs.

Nice to have

Alfred 2

Alfred 2 is a suite of productivity tools that includes a clipboard manager, with it you can access text you've saved to your clipboard with a keyboard shortcut, search past clips and paste them wherever you're working. You can also save snippets for your most frequently used clips. It does not support clipboard sharing but it does have a remote control for the Mac that means you can control it from an iOS device.

Clipboard Evolved

Clipboard Evolved features a clipboard-like window for managing clips, a menu bar icon, and now a cover-flow interface for quickly pasting clips. It supports both text and images, and Clipboard Evolved has eight "complex" animation options to choose from: Ripple, Copy Machine, Star Burst, Irregular Holes, Disintegrate, Swipe, Crystallize, and Dissolve. It does not support clipboard sharing.


ClipMenu is a clipboard manager that supports a number of text and images types including Plain text, Rich Text Format (RTF), Rich Text Format Directory (RTFD), PDF, Filenames, URL, TIFF image, PICT image. The clipboard history can then be accessed via an icon in the menu bar or via a shortcut key. ClipMenu can manage re-usable text as snippet. You can select it from menu and paste it anytime. It does not support clipboard sharing.


Clips automatically generates and arranges copied items into Application-specific clipboards, these can then be accessed via a Finder like interface or via an icon in the menu bar. It also supports live search so you don’t have to scroll through them, just start typing in the Clips Board or Organizer and irrelevant items will fly off the screen instantly. It does not support clipboard sharing.

Command C

Command C allows you to share a clipboard between your Macs and iOS devices by automatically synchronising the clipboard using your local WiFi network.

Copy’em Paste

Copy’em Paste a clipboard history application it supports text, images, links, HTML, code, PDFs, files and you access the clippings via menubar or keyboard shortcut (e.g., -Shift-V). You can search, delete or edit clippings and blacklist applications (not save clippings from them) . No clipboard sharing between devices.

Clipboard Center

Clipboard Center clipboard organiser, No clipboard sharing between devices.


ClipboardFusion allows you to Sync your clipboard with your computer and other mobile devices, appears to work via a company server.

Clipboard History

Clipboard History keeps your history of copied items, and provides a configurable hotkey so you can paste them inside of any app. These items can be images, text or a mix of them (rich text, like PDFs and HTML).

Cloud Clip

Cloud Clip allows sharing between Mac OSX and iOS and has an interesting duplicate detection feature. There is a Cloud clip helper which helps get around some of the sandbox issues. There is also a few clipboard sharing using email, Twitter etc.


Clyppan is a clipboard history application that keeps a list of text you have copied to the clipboard, these can then be accessed via an icon in the menu bar. Clyppan only supports text clippings, but the history is searchable and pressing the spacebar will give you a Quick Look-style preview of the clipping, it also does not support clipboard sharing.


Collective will remember: Text, images, PDFs, movies, URLs, appointments, files etc. When Collective is running, a "C" will appear in the top-right of your menu bar. Pressing -Shift-V will show Collective's history of what you have copied (alternatively, you can click the "C" in the menu bar). Clicking on any item will add it back to your clipboard, so you can paste it again. No synching between devices.


CommandClip CommandClip saves all your clipboard history in the menubar of your Mac and lets you access it via a simple keyboard shortcut and via the menubar. No clipboard sharing.


Copies allows clipboard sharing between Mac OSX and iOS using device specific versions, it uses iCloud for data sync, there's no other setup needed. File copy maximum file size is 20MB, and file transferring uses HTTPS with the developers server powered by Linode.

Copy'em Paste

Copy'em Paste unlimited clippings, access from toolbar or keyboard shortcut, sort, rearrange clippings. Blacklist specific apps. No clipboard sharing.


CopyLess supports all data types supported by the Mac OS X clipboard and has inline searching and Quicklook integration to allow you to check what you are pasting, it also keeps track of the application the data was copied from. It does not support clipboard sharing.

CopyPaste Pro

CopyPaste Pro is a popular clipboard history tool that can then be accessed via an icon in the menu bar or a graphical browser, CopyPaste Pro also has a selection of clipboard tools that allow the user to manipulate the data on the clipboard. It also allows the creation of archives to store clips for later use. It does not support clipboard sharing.


CuteClips 3 is a recent update, it supports text and images which can then be selected from a list. It supports shortcuts and has an extensive list of keyboard shortcuts for manipulating the list and pasting options. It does not support clipboard sharing.


Flycut is a clean and simple clipboard manager for developers. It based on open source app called Jumpcut. Flycut is also open source:


iClip supports copying plain-text, rich-text, images, audio, video, or files and all can be accessed in a rather neat iClip dock that sits on the side of the screen, you either drag and drop to and from the iClip history bins or copy and paste. It is possible to preview images in clip bins which might be very useful if you are working a lot of the time with images. It supports keyboard shortcuts, but does not have clipboard sharing.


iClipboard automatically keeps a history of everything you copy to the clipboard from any application. You can then paste any clipping from the history different ways: 1) the Shelf on the side of the screen; 2) the special menu in the menu bar; 3) the Rapid-Fire hot key; 4) the Services menu. No clipboard sharing.


Jumpcut is an open source application that provides multiple clipboards. Every time you copy some text it is added to the Jumpcut stack, these can then be accessed via a scissors icon in the menu bar. Alternatively you can view the list via a hot-key. It does not however support images and as far as I can tell no plans for clipboard sharing. Project detail are here Not updated since 2009.


NetClipboard Allows you to share your clipboard and photos/films among Macs, other iPhones/iPads/iPods and even Windows machines. Important: NetClipboard is distributed in Master and Slave versions. All Slave versions are free. Slave versions can share the clipboard with devices running a Master version. Masters can share the clipboard with everyone. Note that when sending clipboard data, all connected peers will receive what has been sent.

Paste Master

Paste Master is configured by a preference pane that allows you to save multiple clipboards and be able to paste them again later, it displays the clipboards in a grid display, there is also access via a menu bar icon. Paste Master recognises certain text types, URLs, phone numbers, addresses and allows formatting as you paste. There is the option to save particular sets of clipboards, and several hotkey options. There is no clipboard sharing.


Paster is a clip board manager for both Mac and iPhone with Cloud-based synching usinging https rather than Wifi or bluetooth. It has searchable history and keyword filtering


PopClip appears when you select text with your mouse on your Mac. Instantly copy & paste, and access actions like search, spelling, dictionary and over 100 more.

PTHPasteboard Pro 4

Website unavailable at present PTHPasteboard is comprehensive clipboard manager that supports multiple text and image clipboards, these can then be accessed via a customisable icon in the menu bar or from a floating window, clicking on an item in the clipboard history displays the application that the data was copied from and for text items shows the number of lines/words/characters and for images the size. PTHPasteboard also supports filtering of clipboard text allowing you to convert to unformatted text, convert to lower/upper case, change to Mac/Unix/Windows line endings. There is also a custom filter dialog that allows you to build your own filters for example to convert a list from a text document into an html list. It also allows the creation of custom clipboards. PTHPasteboard PRO's Syncing support takes advantage of Mac OS X's Bonjour technology to seamlessly sync your pasteboard items across multiple machines.

Savvy Clipboard

Savvy Clipboard holds a list of items that you copied — text fragments, graphics, URLs, multimedia data, or links to files — and lets you access them using this list from either a floating window or menu bar icon. You just select the needed item from the list, and it is ready to use from the system Clipboard, so you can paste it anywhere you want. While it is possible to export a list and transfer to another computer it does not support clipboard sharing.


Scribe allows you to copy anything from your Mac to your mobile device, without Wi-Fi by using Bluetooth. Scribe only works on all Macs and iOS devices that support Bluetooth LE so check before you buy.


ShadowClipboard is another fairly comprehensive application, with unlimited clipboard sets, clipboard sharing, clipboard filtering and clipboard set backups, the clipboard history can then be accessed via an icon in the menu bar or from a window. It supports keyboard shortcuts, and shadowClipboard uses Apple's ZeroConf networking called Rendezvous. shadowClipboard clients will automatically recognise each other on a local network. Does not appear to have been updated recently.

Stuf 2

Stuf 2 has a different way to share clipboards in that Stuf stores your clippings and can share them with any other Stuf users, even in a different country, with your permission of course. Stuf can use any network drive to share clippings, but they really recommend you use DropBox. Stuf 2 is available for both Mac and PC. It supports text and images and clipboard history can then be accessed via an icon in the menu bar.


Syncopy, allows sharing between devices and supports Mac OS X and iOS

So I bought PTHPasteboard which best meets my needs but obviously your needs may vary. Sadly PTHPasteboard Pro is no longer available and I'm now using a combination of universal clipboard (see below) and ClipMenu .

Some productivity applications also include multiple clipboards, Launchbar includes options for snippets and clipboard management as does Alfred. Quicksilver has a clipboard manager plugin that can be downloaded. There are also CrossClip which works between Mac, Linux and PC.

OS X Mavericks: Share the contents of the Clipboard with another Mac

With Mavericks there are a number of sharing options

When you’re sharing one computer’s screen with another computer, you can transfer information between the Clipboards of the two computers.
1. Open a screen sharing session with a Mac on your network. Share the screen of another Mac
2. Choose Edit >Use Shared Clipboard. Using the shared clipboard, you can:
Copy text and images from documents on one Mac and paste them into documents on the other.
Select and drag text and images from one Mac to the other.
Copy a link from your web browser and paste it into a web browser on the other Mac.
Copy text from a document on one Mac and drop it on the desktop of the other Mac to create a clipping.

There is also a detailed description of Universal Clipboard on Appleinsider

For occasions where there's a need to copy text from an iPad browser window to a word processor on a nearby Mac and other similar situations, Apple implemented the Universal Clipboard to make the process as easy as copying and pasting. This AppleInsider guide tells you how to turn on this highly useful Continuity function.

Last Updated 7 March 2018