A Useful Clipboard Manager for Ubuntu – Glipper

Clipboard manger is the software application that deals with the short-term data in your Computer. For instance, whenever you use commands like “Copy” or “Paste” (for copying words/text or even take screenshots,etc) then that data is stored in a location on your PCs memory which is called the “Clipboard”.

By default every OS comes with one of its own but most of the time the functions of that application is somewhat limited. Let’s say that you copied a word called “Ubuntu” then before pasting it somewhere you accidentally copied another word called “Linux”. Then when you use the paste command, clipboard will only give you the last copied “item” which is “Linux in this case.

So how can you access the old data in the clipboard?.

For that you’ll have to use a separate tool. If you use Ubuntu then there are quite a few actually but a one called “Glipper” is pretty good looking tool.

Glipper-main-menu-300x268 Main features…

*. Comes with few built in plug-ins by using them you can easily expand its usability.

plugins-window-300x124 *. Lets you access your clipboard history (up to 100 older entries).

*. Can access its menu by using the “Ctrl” + “Alt” + “C” shortcut keys easily.

*. Shows the current clipboard memorized item in Bold.

features1-300x147 *. Creates snippets from history items.

*. It has a plug-in called “Actions”  and if it detects that you’ve just copied a text that actually is a command of a program, then it’ll automatically execute it (not always useful though).

*. Supports fetching other Glipper processes over a network.

You can install the Glipper in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by simply entering the below commands in your Terminal window.

sudo apt-get install glipper

It runs in the notification area (supports the Unity desktop). But if you couldn’t find it after installing, then press “Alt” + “F2” keys and issue the below command to run it.


That’s it.

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2 thoughts on “A Useful Clipboard Manager for Ubuntu – Glipper”

  1. sudo apt-get install glipper

    Reading package lists… Done

    Building dependency tree

    Reading state information… Done

    glipper is already the newest version.

    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 47 not upgraded.

    press “Alt” + “F2″ keys and issue the below command to run it.


    Error – No such file or directory..

    any help ?

    • Hi Raj,

      After pressing "Alt" + "F2" keys it should open the Unity's "run a command dialog box" of the "Dash" (if you use Ubuntu 11.04 and never versions). And then after searching for "glipper" it finds the application without issues and executes it in my Ubuntu 11.10.

      What version of Ubuntu are you using? If you use anything that's below 11.04, then have you tried searching for it in the "main menu" rather than using the "Alt" + "F2" ? …


      If none of that work, then try completely removing it and then re-install.

      For that, first use the below command.

      sudo apt-get autoremove glipper

      Then use the below command to install it again.

      sudo apt-get install glipper

      Then try to launch it.


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