Clipboard Manager extension for Gnome Shell is a no-frills clipboard manager for GNOME.

It adds an indicator menu to the top panel and caches your clipboard history. There’s nothing extra; no regex searching, or cross-device, multi-sync or pan-dimensional magic. Just a simple, easy to access clipboard history.

I’ve never been a particularly big clipboard fan. I typically only need to access whatever I copy as I copy it.

But, for some, a clipboard manager is a vital part of their productivity.

Clipboard History

No matter which OS you use the clipboard works the same. It acts as a temporary space to store whatever you copy, but only long enough for you to paste it elsewhere. The next thing you copy or cut replaces it; the clipboard forgets what it was holding before so that it can hold what you’re asking now.

Like other apps of this ilk, Clipboard Manager runs in the background to keep a history of what you’ve copied to the clipboard. This history can be viewed and browsers, and with couple of clicks you can quickly re-copy something you copy/pasted hours (even days) ago.

As a basic clipboard manager for GNOME desktops this extension works well enough for what it sets out to do. And while some may be put off by the lack of features found in more advanced tools, like clipboard search, its simplicity is actually its strength.

The extension settings section offers a small set of options and configurable items, including:

  • Set clipboard history size (e.g., 15 items)
  • Snippet preview size (in characters, e.g., 30)
  • Refresh interval
  • Max cache file size
  • Option to see a notification when copying to clipboard
  • Enable keyboard shortcuts

You can install the extension on GNOME 3.18 and up via your browser using the GNOME Extensions website.

Clipboard Indicator on GNOME Extensions

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