Shell to Clipboard

Dec 13, 2005

I figured it’d be nice to be able to print output from the terminal/shell to OS X’s general clipboard. So after a little digging I found these two commands: pbcopy - copy to the clipboard. pbpaste - paste from the clipboard. Piping output should come in handy, ie: pwd | pbcopy will print the full path of the current directory directly to the cliboard. Or : ls | pbcopy for a list on the contents of the current directory. Found over at Ted’s Ted’s Macintosh Tips and Tricks, which is well worth a butchers.