Is it possible to pipe to/from the clipboard in Bash?
Whether it is piping to/from a device handle or using an auxiliary application, I can't find anything.
For example, if
/dev/clip was a device linking to the clipboard we could do:
cat /dev/clip # Dump the contents of the clipboard cat foo > /dev/clip # Dump the contents of "foo" into the clipboard
There's a wealth of clipboards you could be dealing with. I expect you're probably a Linux user who wants to put stuff in the X Windows primary clipboard. Usually, the clipboard you want to talk to has a utility that lets you talk to it.
In the case of X, there's
xclip (and others).
xclip -selection c will send data to the clipboard that works with Ctrl + C, Ctrl + V in most applications.
If you're on Mac OS X, there's
If you're in Linux terminal mode (no X) then look into
gpm or screen which has a clipboard. Try the
Under Windows 10+ or cygwin, use
Make sure you are using alias
xclip="xclip -selection c"
otherwise you can't just use to Ctrl+v to paste it back in a different place.
echo test | xclip