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As a long time Putty user, I love how upon selecting a text it gets copied into the buffer and upon right clicking it gets pasted back in.

Is there a way to configure Terminal to behave the same way?


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Terminal is limited in its configurability but iTerm2 is a Terminal replacement that does what you ask and more. Including bookmarks for ssh sessions not unlike puTTY.

Looks interesting. How to you set cut and paste up as i described though? I don't see this under Preferences –  Jam May 15 '11 at 0:18
Preferences windows -> General tab. Make sure Copy to clipboard on selection is checked under the Mouse section. –  Ian C. May 15 '11 at 0:31
iTerm is the best. +1 –  hobs May 15 '11 at 0:50
@Ian That will copy to the clipboard when text is hilighted, but won't paste on a right click. It brings up the context menu. It doesn't look like there is an option to do this, but it seems useful. –  KeithB May 15 '11 at 14:04
@KeithB: What's a "right click"? :) But seriously, there's an option to make the middle button paste from clipboard. It's just down from the copy-on-select option. –  Ian C. May 15 '11 at 19:16

If you have a three-button mouse (e.g., the Apple Mighty Mouse scroll ball can act as a third button), Terminal will paste the current selection if you Middle-Click (just like X11 and xterm). It is the same as invoking the Edit > Paste Selection command, which has the keyboard shortcut Shift-Command-V.

As of OS X 10.8, selecting text in a terminal copies the text to a pasteboard and Paste Selection pastes the contents of this pasteboard (akin to X11’s PRIMARY). It now behaves very much like xterm under X11. As a result, Paste Selection and Middle-Click are now available when there is no selection, pasting the same text until something else is selected, and the text persists when quitting/reopening Terminal. The pasteboard has the identifier com.apple.Terminal.selection and is available to other programs.

Also, you can drag-and-drop selected text to Paste it. You can of course drag to other terminal windows (or other applications), but you can also just drag a few pixels and then release to Paste into the current terminal.


Simply install http://totalterminal.binaryage.com/ which includes both these options in the preferences.


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