I am using GNU Screen on Terminal. Is there a way to use what I copied in GNU Screen into OS X's clipboard? I'm running

  • Mac OS X 10.6.2
  • Screen version 4.00.03 (FAU) 23-Oct-06

Edit: I was thinking about how to pass the content that is copied in copy mode in Screen to pbcopy.

2 Answers 2


You can use the writebuf screen command to write the buffer out to a file, then use e.g. pbcopy < /tmp/bufferfile.


I'm edit copy mode bindings to to copy paste buffer contents into OS X clipboard automatically.

# copy the screen pastbuffer to the MacOSX pastebord
bufferfile screen/screen-exchange
bindkey -m ' ' eval 'stuff \040' 'writebuf' 'exec sh -c "/usr/bin/pbcopy < screen/screen-exchange"'
bindkey -m Y   eval 'stuff Y'    'writebuf' 'exec sh -c "/usr/bin/pbcopy < screen/screen-exchange"'
bindkey -m W   eval 'stuff W'    'writebuf' 'exec sh -c "/usr/bin/pbcopy < screen/screen-exchange"'

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