Named Top Ten Micro App by Lifehacker!

"Clipboard History Provides a Simple, Unobtrusive Stream of Your Clipboard Activity" (Adam Dachis - Lifehacker)

Copying and pasting one item at a time is a thing of the past! With Clipboard History, you can copy any number of things and paste them back in the order that you want!

Clipboard History is a very simple and straightforward application that keeps your history of copied items, and provides a configurable hotkey so you can paste them inside of any app. These items can be images, text or a mix of them (rich text, like PDFs and HTML).

It also provides a way to browse and search in your clipping history, preview items or even save them to your hard disk.

Clipboard History persists your information so it resists reboots and system crashes!

Clipboard History is an ideal companion while writing emails, browsing the web or hacking code.

If you are experiencing any problems or would like to send us a suggestion, please contact or tweet us @agileroute and we'll be happy to help you.

What’s New

Version 1.3.1

Version 1.3.1:
- Fix for the users that get a crash after updating to v1.3 (unresponsive app). Important: if you need to quit an unresponsive Clipboard History before updating, you can do it from the Activity Monitor.
- Fix for Clipboard History not working with MS Word (and probably other Office apps).

Version 1.3:
The BEST Clipboard application just got BETTER!!!

In this awesome version:
- BLACKLIST! Block and unblock Applications to prevent them from inserting items into your Clipboard History (e.g.: password generators).
- FAVORITES! Flag items you use over an over as favorites. They will not be erased from your clipboard. Use the new hotkey to bring them in a pop-up menu (default: cmd+alt+c).
- AVOID DUPLICATES! When you copy something, now you won't find it twice in your clipboard history.
- PASTE AS PLAIN TEXT SHORTCUT! Just press shift while pasting from the pop up menu.
- Extend your history to up to 500 ITEMS!
- Several bugfixes and *drastic* performance optimizations (lower memory usage, faster loading, faster scrolling).

Did we miss the fix you where expecting or your favorite feature? Let us know! We'll be happy to hear from you! Write or tweet @agileroute.

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 Ratings

TheWildJacko ,

Good app - one minor issue

Would have been a major issue, but I eventually figured out the preference that fixed it. Basically, having Clipboard history in the Dock and menu bar ("Both" needs to be the default option in Preferences. Right now the default is menu bar. This is a problem because if it's only the menu, it's not in the application switcher (command-tab), it's not in the dock, it doesn't have its own menu bar (just a menu bar item), and the only way to actually open the clipboard history window is to go into the menu, at which point you can either select Open Clipboard History, or hit command-O (but only when the menu is already open, at which point the keyboard shortcut is useless). And then when you finally select Open Clipboard History, it opens in the BACKGROUND, and I can't see it, and I have no idea whether it actually opened. And since there's no dock icon and no application switcher icon, the only way to actually find the window is to remove other windows or press F9 to show all windows. Every time. NOT ideal. I was about to give this app a much lower review because it was so difficult to find the history window. Selecting either "Dock" or "Both" for the application icon fixes this problem, but one of those two, preferably "Both," needs to be the default. Fix that and you have a 5-star app.

a random person running about ,

How did I live without this for so long!!!

I'm a beginning Mac user who also happens to be a programmer myself. The problem I don't know how to develop on the Mac very well just yet. I like this whole idea of having apps on the apps store automagically install themselves on the computer with the click of the button. I'd have to say that my Mac experience so far is pretty awesome. Anyways, I had an application on the PC that I coded that had a stack-based clipboard functionality and I thought it was great, then I downloaded the version on the Mac. (I think this is allowed, because I'm clearly saying that this program is better than my own on the PC). This program is incredible. Have no doubts about it. If you're thinking about getting this program, get it, don't be skimpy, the amount of time you'll save is incredible. The way he implements the history without using a move-to-to front algorithm is awesome. Trust me. You'll like it.

ARobi ,

No way to stop auto-paste via keystroke, not supported well

I would really like this application more if it would allow you to not automatically paste when you select the item. Even worse, is that the developer assumed that all users are using the QWERTY keyboard layout and the paste command is not done by a paste API, it actually tries to send the keystroke to the current app. So on Dvorak, it sends a command-k instead of a command-v which has unpredictable results depending on what the currently focused window.

I mentioned the bug to the developer and a new version may fix it but there is no mention when a fix may be released. After a year and a half this bug has still not been addressed and there has been no sign that the developer is supporting this app anymore. I would suggest buying a different application, one that has evidence it will be supported in the long run.


Raul Ignacio Verano
1.8 MB

OS X 10.6 or later



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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