App Addict
May 6th, 2024

Battle of the Clipboard Managers

Mac Apps
Raycast icon
Raycast Icon

It's universally agreed upon, even by the most rabid of Mac Fanboys, that Apple has dropped the ball by never providing anything more than basic clipboard management. You get to have one thing on the clipboard and when you overwrite it, it's gone. Thankfully, there a plenty of alternatives to choose from. I've tried many of them and settled on the one that's included in the free application launcher, Raycast along with the CopyQ extension as my daily driver. The features I want are included:

  • Can pin frequently used snippets (like my OpenAI API key)
  • Searchable
  • Includes copied files
  • Includes colors
  • Includes images (you can copy text from within images)
  • Filtered searching

CopyQ adds:

  • Store text, HTML, images, and any other custom formats
  • Quickly browse and filter items in clipboard history
  • Sort, create, edit, remove, copy/paste, drag'n'drop items in tabs
  • Add notes and tags to items
  • System-wide keyboard shortcuts with customizable commands
  • Paste items with keyboard shortcuts, from menu bar, or from main window
  • Fully customizable appearance
  • Advanced command-line interface and scripting
  • Ignore clipboard copied from specified windows or containing specified text
  • Support for simple Vim-like editor with keyboard shortcuts

Since I also use Keyboard Maestro and Better Touch Tool, I can also use their built in clipboard tools.

I also have PastePal, which was my daily driver for a long time.  It is buy once and use forever and has iCloud clipboard syncing with an iOS app.

I own Copy 'Em which features sequential copying/single pasting.

I have access to Paste through Setapp. It's a great clipboard manager, although without Setapp is a ridiculous $29.99 a year for the Mac Version. It includes the iCloud synced iOS app.

I also tried out the free open-source app, Maccy which is lightweight and very fast but I wanted more features. Other full featured choices include Paste Queue and Copy Paste Pro.