I'm looking for a clipboard manager like Ditto for Mac:

Ditto is an extension to the standard windows clipboard. It saves each item placed on the clipboard allowing you access to any of those items at a later time. Ditto allows you to save any type of information that can be put on the clipboard, text, images, html, and custom formats.

Meaning Ditto can store about 40 items. Ditto has some extra utilities:

  • searching in items
  • parsing plain text
  • keeping images as well
  • I'm curious if you found the perfect clipboard manager, as I am in the same situation. What I miss in all of them is the ability to search using regular expressions, incredibly useful for filtering batches of entries or finding something I'm not completely sure what it was.
    – aleation
    Commented Sep 29, 2022 at 9:53

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If you just want clipboard history, check out Jumpcut. Manages your clipboard history just fine. To install:

brew install jumpcut

It’s also a common feature in applications like Alfred (as noted by Lauri Ranta), LaunchBar and Keyboard Maestro.

  • I have alfred. How do I call Jumpcut from alfred?
    – Elad Benda
    Commented Jul 30, 2013 at 6:48
  • @EladBenda Jumpcut is a separate program from Alfred, which has its own built-in clipboard history. I don’t use Alfred, but check out this page from the Alfred site that explains how to use the clipboard history.
    – robmathers
    Commented Jul 30, 2013 at 18:20
  • If you look at the link, you’ll see that Jumpcut is indeed free.
    – robmathers
    Commented Jul 31, 2013 at 16:35
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    Already shared on Jumpcut's webpage as well, Maccy is a simple and free alternative which does its job really well. This SO question details it. Commented Jul 30, 2021 at 11:05
  • @EladBenda I see where your confusion comes from; the "It" in "It’s also a common feature in applications like Alfred" refers to clipboard management in general, not Jumpcut itself. Alfred, an alternative app to macOS's native Spotlight search and indexing app, has an added feature of managing your clipboard. Hope this helps.
    – nicheese
    Commented Apr 4, 2022 at 0:30

The one I've found (Maccy) which is available free (yet if you like it, you should donate as well) and exactly like Ditto, simple and focused.

For details:

  • here is the link to it's official site: Maccy.app
  • github link: Maccy

While deciding on that one, I've searched and tried a couple others but didn't like as much as Maccy:

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    thank you, Maccy is exactly what I wanted JumpCut did not have search feature and Alfred was too costly when I wanted only a clipboard manager, nice!
    – redDevil
    Commented Sep 6, 2021 at 17:22
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    This is fantastic. Just like ditto!
    – sferencik
    Commented Apr 16, 2022 at 19:40
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    Maccy is wonderful!
    – youkaichao
    Commented Jul 12, 2022 at 16:45
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    Maccy is great, jumpcut lacks of searching in history, thanks for the recommendation 👍
    – turanszkik
    Commented Apr 15 at 17:46

I use Alfred's clipboard history. It's searchable, it can keep history for up to three months, it has a nice keyboard-centered UI, and it doesn't require running other applications on the background. It doesn't support images or rich text, but I mostly work with plain text anyway.

  • Alfred isn't as complete as a standalone clipboard manager, but I do use it a lot and love it.
    – Tortilla
    Commented Jul 29, 2013 at 22:49
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    I'm looking for freeware
    – Elad Benda
    Commented Jul 30, 2013 at 6:49
  • I just realized that I could assign a shortcut to directly invoke clipboard history.
    – Steven Xu
    Commented Oct 12, 2014 at 10:45
  • not support images Commented Feb 16, 2019 at 4:00

CopyQ is the alternative I've got for my Macs. It supports richtext, images and has search. You can also change the key combination to show the list and choose what to paste without using mouse.

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    – Allan
    Commented Dec 6, 2017 at 12:50

Try this one out: https://github.com/naotaka/ClipMenu. It's free and you could use shortcuts for it.


another one is Flycut which still runs perfectly well in OS10.10.3.


iClip is a little old, but still works well. I believe the only thing it doesn't do is search in items. Other than that, it does everything you want and more: images, plaintext, stores up to 99 items, etc.


I just started using quicksilver and it seems to some support for images, but I need it mostly for text. I like that I was able to duplicate Ditto's fast functionality by following this guide.

There's a little bit of setup, but looks like I'm going to be sticking with it for my OS X coding purposes.

Plus it feels good to be back with quicksilver, I remember using it way before spotlight search was any good.


CopyClip is available for free in AppStore

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