The purpose of Pyperclip is to provide a cross-platform Python module for copying and pasting text to the clipboard.

To copy text to the clipboard, pass a string to pyperclip.copy(). To paste the text from the clipboard, call pyperclip.paste() and the text will be returned as a string value.

>>> import pyperclip
>>> pyperclip.copy('Hello world!')
>>> pyperclip.paste()
'Hello world!'

Not Implemented Error

You may get an error message that says: “Pyperclip could not find a copy/paste mechanism for your system. Please see for how to fix this.”

In order to work equally well on Windows, Mac, and Linux, Pyperclip uses various mechanisms to do this. Currently, this error should only appear on Linux (not Windows or Mac). You can fix this by installing one of the copy/paste mechanisms:

  • sudo apt-get install xsel to install the xsel utility.
  • sudo apt-get install xclip to install the xclip utility.
  • pip install gtk to install the gtk Python module.
  • pip install PyQt4 to install the PyQt4 Python module.