I would like to be able to copy and paste multiple items on a Mac using keys like ⌘1 would copy 1 and ⌘2 would copy 2, ect. Then ⌘! would paste 1 and ⌘@ would paste 2. If there is already a program for this please let me know or if you can make me one. Also I need it to be a free program. Thanks in advance.

  • I am confused :) copy from where ? I used the cmd+c for copy selected and cmd+v for paste.
    – Ruskes
    Apr 8 '14 at 19:09
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    Copy from anywhere. What you suggest only keeps one item in the clipboard, OP wants several clipboard items simultaneously. Jun 16 '20 at 20:13

I use clipmenu, it's been great, lots of customizable shortcuts -


Here's what I like about it:

  1. Easy keyboard combo, hit Cmd+Shift+V (or customize it) and it brings up a small sensible fully keyboard navigable menu where you can select from your recent clipboard entries.
  2. You can also optionally add saved snippets of text, I put my stupid auto generated Oracle password in there, win!
  3. And other than that, it's stable and stays out of the way, you can configure it to start automatically on startup, so you never are without it, it's a life saver
  • I don't understand the flagging policy here. A historic answer which a few people have found helpful has just been flagged up here 2 years later with a standard message, threatening to remove it, by an anonymous mod. @patrix just wondering was this your flag? Could you give a bit more info on what you're expecting here, given that the OP just asked for a list of programs to consider?
    – robd
    Mar 5 '17 at 19:10
  • @robd Link-only answers have a risk of getting deleted because they usually are not very helpful on the long run. For somebody just looking for links, a Google search would result in better/more up to date information so we prefer some details about recommended tools.
    – nohillside
    Mar 5 '17 at 20:03
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    Whatevs, stack overflow is better than other sites because of the push in this direction-
    – chrismarx
    Mar 6 '17 at 15:46
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    @patrix I guess my experience of this thread is very different to yours. Since this was the first answer in Google, I found it very helpful to have a list of options here, and I was glad the posts weren't deleted. In the end the clipboard manager I vaguely remembered wasn't on this list and I had to find it elsewhere, but it was helpful to have this link. The reasoning on why clipmenu is good is helpful for context, but I wouldn't want the 'link only' post to be deleted.
    – robd
    Mar 8 '17 at 8:54
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    clipy-app.com is the forked version, clipmenu seems to be dead.
    – lppier
    Dec 7 '17 at 13:20

I really like Flycut. Available here: https://github.com/TermiT/Flycut

Like all of the other answers here, it's a clipboard manager which stores every item you copy using ⌘+c in a list. Then you can press ⌘+shift+v to see a list of the items you have copied and choose one to paste.

Unlike the other answers here, it's free, open source, and doesn't come with a load of other functionality. Also it is actively maintained unlike clipmenu (last release ClipMenu 1.0.0a1 released Nov 11, 2014).

  • +1 in '18 for floss software! installs seamlessly on sierra and surprisingly configurable. usage is intuitive and easily adapted to your workflow. 10/10 would recommend. Apr 12 '18 at 12:13
  • Clipmenu is gone, Clipy is the updated version
    – Luciano
    Apr 15 '19 at 8:21

Slightly different implementation, but will do what you want:

LaunchBar keeps a history of your clipboard, so you can copy multiple things using the usual keyboard combo - C and then paste them using (for me, I may have changed from the default):

  • hold down
    • tap \ to view clipboard history
    • tap until desired clipping is selected
  • release

I've found it to be a pretty useful workflow. I do have to flush the clipboard history after dealing with passwords though. I keep it set at 10 items to limit my exposure if I forget.

Launchbar is free to try and $35 to buy.

I'm not sure how they limit the free version now, but back before I bought it they let you do five types of activities per login, so you could do the copy, paste, and clipboard history deletion freely without running into the limit

I do not use it because I've found Launchbar to be more useful, but it looks like Alfred includes clipboard history in the unlimited free version.

Based on the screenshot it looks like Alfred uses shortcuts closer to what you wanted.

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    Big fan of Launchbar - and this is one of the main reasons why.
    – bmike
    Apr 8 '14 at 22:41

I used to use clipmenu but I moved onto an updated fork with more recent support called Clipy.

It has the same shortcuts as clipmenu (+Shift+V to open the list of items to paste, etc) but the interface is a bit cleaner (also easier to edit Snippets).

  • Is there any documentation on this? What is a Snippet?
    – wheeliebin
    May 6 '19 at 11:29
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    @wheeliebin snippet is a small block of text (or code). It's all documented in the parent project's page, clipmenu: clipmenu.com
    – Luciano
    May 6 '19 at 12:44

From what I remember CopyPastePro is pretty close to what you want. I haven't used it much since OS X was released, they were very slow with their OS X rewrite. I currently use Alfred for my clipboard needs, but that implementation isn't as close to what you describe as CopyPastePro is.

I used PTHPasteboard Pro for several years. It is probably the most powerful pasteboard utility that I used. IIRC it is probably the closest to what you describe and with some setup can be configured to work exactly as you describe.

None of these are free, but they are all reasonably priced.


I use CopyPro. https://copypro.app It saves your cut / copy history and you can paste the 10 most recent items with command, control, and/ or fn + 0-9 number keys. You can also edit and reorder the copy history easily and also to open at login by default and run in the background so you never loose any copied text you might accidentally overwrite.


As a 'generic' answer, there are lots of clipboard managers on the Mac App Store, and elsewhere, that store successive entries from the clipboard, or multiple clipboards.

Many of the existing answers have since been abandoned, and as recommendation QnAs are discouraged, I'm not going to cite specific examples!

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