xsel

X11 selection and clipboard manipulation tool.

Install

All systems
curl cmd.cat/xsel.sh
Debian Debian
apt-get install xsel
Ubuntu
apt-get install xsel
Arch Arch Linux
pacman -S xsel
image/svg+xml Kali Linux
apt-get install xsel
Fedora
dnf install xsel
Raspbian
apt-get install xsel

X11 selection and clipboard manipulation tool.

  • Use a command's output as input of the clip[b]oard (equivalent to `Ctrl + C`):
    echo 123 | xsel -ib
  • Use the contents of a file as input of the clipboard:
    cat file | xsel -ib
  • Output the clipboard's contents into the terminal (equivalent to `Ctrl + V`):
    xsel -ob
  • Output the clipboard's contents into a file:
    xsel -ob > file
  • Clear the clipboard:
    xsel -cb
  • Output the X11 primary selection's contents into the terminal (equivalent to a mouse middle-click):
    xsel -op

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