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Python script that saves an image from clipboard to a file.


Saves an image from clipboard to a file.


  • python3
  • PyGTK


Download and run it with python

Note: Some distributions such as Arch Linux renamed Python 3 to python3 instead of python.

Arch Linux users can install the image-clipboard-to-file package from the AUR.

This version is not reflected in the AUR package, which requires python2 instead. It is simply converted using 2to3.


Thanks to Paweł Pałucha who posted this script on this stackoverflow discussion. I share it here to allow package maintainers to easily package it for their distribution.

Save image from clipboard to file
import sys
import glob
from optparse import OptionParser
def def_file():
Return default file name
files = glob.glob("img???.png")
if len(files) < 1:
return 'img001.png'
maxf = 0
for f in files:
n = int(f[3:6])
maxf = max(n, maxf)
except ValueError:
return 'img{:03d}.png'.format(maxf+1)
usage = """%prog [option] [filename]
Save image from clipboard to file in PNG format."""
op = OptionParser(usage=usage)
op.add_option("-o", "--open", action="store_true", dest="open", default=False,
help="Open saved file with default program (using xdg-open)")
(options, args) = op.parse_args()
if len(args) > 1:
parser.error("Only one argument expected")
elif len(args) == 1:
fname = args[0]
fname = def_file()
import gtk
clipboard = gtk.clipboard_get()
image = clipboard.wait_for_image()
if image is not None:, "png")
print("PNG image saved to file", fname)
import subprocess["xdg-open", fname])
print("No image in clipboard found")
sys.exit( 1 )
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