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How to copy an output on a GNOME terminal to clipboard from command line.

I'd like to be able to paste text from my console textfiles smoothly to Firefox.

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After selecting the text, press Ctrl-Shift-C to copy it to the clipboard. The extra Shift is required as Ctrl-Cis already used in shells. Similarly, to paste, press Ctrl-Shift-V.

You can also just select it then middle-click in Firefox to paste it. This uses the cut buffer, which is slightly different to the clibpoard.

Bonus gnome-terminal tip - Ctrl-click a url to automatically open it in your default browser.

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You can also just mark the terminal output you want to copy and it is copied to your clipboard automatically.

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Technically it's called the cut buffer, the clipboard is something else. – TRS-80 Jan 14 '10 at 2:55

You can highlight the text then right click and select copy, or pipe it to xclip:

some-command | xclip

xclip may or may not be available depending on your distribution.

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xsel is similar to xclip and can be used similarly. – alfplayer Dec 14 '09 at 23:19
Simply calling xclip doesn't do it by default, but if you append it with the following options the -sel clip or -selection clipboard it you can paste the output to your browser etc.. echo "" | xclip -sel clip, alt-tab to chrome, ctrl+l, ctrl+v, enter... vola! P.S. I don't know if xsel has similar options to make it work. By default it doesn't work. – Timo Lehto Aug 15 '12 at 9:45

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