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PopClip appears when you select text with your mouse on your Mac. Instantly access context-specific actions including copy and paste, plus extensions like Send to Evernote. If you select text containing a URL, email address or file path, PopClip can open it. Select a misspelled word, and PopClip offers corrections. Select any text to do a web search with those terms, or select a single word to get the dictionary definition.

More than 100 free extensions are available, including Paste and Match Style, Translate, Send to Evernote, Word Count, Capitalize and much, much more. See

Please note: PopClip works in most Mac apps, but not in all. For an up-to-date list of known incompatible apps, see

"PopClip has achieved near perfect integration with Mac OS X and seems like a default feature of the operating system. For that alone, it is worth its asking price." — The Next Web

"an awesome new utility from Pilotmoon that makes the copy & paste function on your Mac look just like the copy & paste function on your iPhone" — Cult of Mac

"If you love the tap and copy functionality of iOS and want it on your home computer, PopClip is a simple app that adds similar functionality" — lifehacker

"an essential part of my workflow ... 10/10" — Mac.AppStorm

"I think even Mac traditionalists might be tempted." — Dan Frakes, MacWorld

"I'm buying it right now." — Leo Laporte, MacBreak Weekly

What's New in Version 1.5.4

Updated for OS X 10.11 El Capitan.


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Customer Reviews

👍 One of the most useful utilities for the Mac! 🔝🔟🖥🛠

When PopClip first came out I figured I would give it a try. I was not that impressed with it. It really didn’t do much that I couldn’t do with a simple shortcut key press, or some of the other utilities I used. BUT, as it’s matured it’s become a killer Mac utility that I use all the time. It’s hands down one of my Top 10 Mac Utilities.

The secret power of PopClip comes from its extensions. It takes a simple utility, and turns it into a super charged power tool! For example, you can add on an extension that will let you search Wikipeid directly from anything you select. The Calculate extension lets you select a simple equation or say a fraction and get back a calculated answer or decimal number conversion. The over 100 plus PopClip extensions are where it’s at!

If you are sitting on the fence thinking you’re not sure if PopClip is for you, then I would jump over to the PopClip website and check out the extentions page. That’s what brought me back to using PopClip, and I haven’t regretted it at all.

Now much better...but not perfect

They've fixed the biggest problem that this had when I last tried the app, so I'm giving it another shot. Everything seems very nice, but there are still a few small annoyances.

One of them is that the menu of icons sometimes obscures other important UI elements. The only control they give you is choosing whether the menu appears above or below the text you've highlighted. Even though I've chosen "above", it sometimes appears below, probably to avoid covering up any text I've highlighted, in cases where that is large and maybe my cursor is closer to the bottom. This wouldn't be such a big deal if not for the next problem.

The biggest problem is that the menu remains around much beyond being useful. Sometimes when I highlight text I don't want anything that PopClip has to offer. If I can do something with keystrokes (like cut or copy) that's always faster and easier, so keeping the menu around after I've used the keyboard is pretty much always an annoyance. If PopClip behaved as though it were only one of many things I might want to use for my selected text, it would be better, but right now it seems to be built around the premise that you'll use it for everything every time you select text.

It's clever, and looks nice, but given the problems it has, it's much easier to just copy and open the appropriate app and paste.

Selection Tool Baloons Like iOS, But So Much Better

I’ve been using this since shortly after its introduction, and could not be happier. It gives the "cut, copy paste" balloon that iOS uses for selected text, but then adds extensions: as a scholar I use a translation extension constantly, along with various linking tools- google, wikipedia, etc. I still can’t believe Apple hasn’t bought this up and incorporated it into the OS (where it belongs). In interface terms, the next best thing to sliced bread.

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  • $6.99
  • Category: Utilities
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  • Version: 1.5.4
  • Size: 1.4 MB
  • Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
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Compatibility: OS X 10.6.8 or later, 64-bit processor

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