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copy to clipboard ipython magic
Add copy to clipboard from IPython!
To install, just copy it to your profile/startup directory, typically:
Example usage:
%clip hello world
# will store "hello world"
a = [1, 2, 3]
%clip a
# will store "[1, 2, 3]"
You can also use it with cell magic
In [1]: %%clip
...: Even multi
...: lines
...: work!
If you don't have a variable named 'clip' you can rely on automagic:
clip hey man
a = [1, 2, 3]
clip a
import sys
if sys.platform == 'darwin':
from AppKit import NSPasteboard, NSArray
elif sys.platform.startswith('linux'):
from subprocess import Popen, PIPE
raise ImportError("Clip magic only works on osx or linux!")
from IPython.core.magic import register_line_cell_magic
def _copy_to_clipboard(arg):
arg = str(globals().get(arg) or arg)
if sys.platform == 'darwin':
pb = NSPasteboard.generalPasteboard()
a = NSArray.arrayWithObject_(arg)
elif sys.platform.startswith('linux'):
p = Popen(['xsel', '-pi'], stdin=PIPE)
print 'Copied to clipboard!'
def clip(line, cell=None):
if line and cell:
cell = '\n'.join((line, cell))
_copy_to_clipboard(cell or line)
# We delete it to avoid name conflicts for automagic to work
del clip

Hi, thanks for the script. If anyone wants Python 3 compatibility then change the communicate line to "p.communicate(input=bytes(arg, 'utf-8'))" as communicate needs bytes not unicode. Also on Linux I had to use '-bi' rather than '-pi' (using Linux Mint 64bit).



dedan commented Oct 30, 2014

It does not work on ipython 2.3.0, is it possible that the way how cell magic functions are registered has changed? I can't find documentation for the decorators you are using. I'll try to fix it and send you a pull request


this is great, something like this should be built in


Oh wow, this is the best thing ever! The only note is, use "xsel -ib", to copy to clipboard instead of primary selection, it's better that way for everyone.


OSError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory

vpontis commented Feb 8, 2016

Removed AppKit dependency for OS X: (only works for OS X)

jemshid commented Oct 24, 2016

One of the features I was looking forward with Ipython is to copy selected lines from history to my code editor with out using mouse. I have added one more function in your program to copy history of selected line to clipboard. I have made modification in two places in the file of Ipython. If any of you can guide, I would like to push / pass it to the developers.

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