Use Klipper to automatically post to a Pastebin

Dion Moult


Pastebins are a really useful way to share snippets of text. However it’s sometimes a bit cumbersome to have to open a browser window, type in the URL, paste it in, click submit, then copy the URL to share with your friend. That’s why things like wgetpaste exist - small command-line utilities to automate this process and return the URL. wgetpaste isn’t the only one, of course, but they’re all rather similar. Klipper is KDE’s Clipboard manager - whenever you copy something it gets added to your clipboard. Klipper allows you to navigate through it - so that you can paste something you copied a while back, or set up custom things to paste, or even - which is what I’ll talk about today - set it to automatically perform an action on the paste. The most common use is to automatically open a link in a browser if you copy a link from somewhere. What we’ll tackle is to get Klipper to autopaste our clipboard item into a pastebin, and return the URL to us. So just set it up as shown below:

Klipper configuration screen
Klipper configuration screen

And you’re done! Copy something, press Ctrl-Alt-R to invoke the actions menu, click “Pastebin”, and now the URL of the pasted item will be in your clipboard for you to Ctrl-V to your friend. Neat, eh?


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