OSX clipboard from a Terminal

February 26, 2009 by alex

Sometimes I want to get something into the system clipboard without using a mouse, like wanting the entire contents of a file in the clipboard, but without the odd linebreaks that text editors are prone to inserting all on their own.

I discovered the ‘pbcopy’ and ‘pbpaste’ tools, which are just perfect.

bash $ echo "blah" | pbcopy Now “blah” is in my clipboard. I can Command-V in any window, and there it is.

I can also manipulate the contents of the clipboard in any script with ‘pbpaste’ bash $ pbpaste | wc -l I just counted the number of lines of text in the clipboard. Yay!

http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/751/mac-os-x-copy-and-paste-things- to-and-from-the-clipboard-from-the-shell

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