How to Install CopyQ on Ubuntu 20.04

The clipboard is one of computing’s great time-saving tools, but it’s hamstrung in that it only remembers the last item you copied. CopyQ is advanced clipboard manager with editing and scripting features. It monitors system clipboard and saves its content in customized tabs. Saved clipboard can be later copied and pasted directly into any application.

CopyQ stores text, HTML, images or any other custom formats. You can edit, Sort, copy/paste or remove existing clipboard items, add your own from scratch, assign tags to make them more easily identifiable through searches, and organise clips into customisable tabs.

It’s an cross platform application available for Microsoft Windows, OS X and Linux.

Key Features of CopyQ

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

Installing CopyQ via PPA Repository

If you want to install the most recent version of CopyQ, you can use the official PPA repository.

Personal Package Archives (PPA) are software repositories designed for Ubuntu users and are easier to install than other third-party repositories. PPAs are often used to distribute pre-release software so that it can be tested.

Step #1

First of all open the terminal from system application launcher and type the following command to add the CopyQ PPA to your system.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hluk/copyq

Step #2

Then, execute the following commands to install CopyQ package on your Ubuntu system.

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install copyq

Once installed, launch it from your system application menu.

Starting CopyQ

CopyQ can be launched from the command line by typing copyq or In the Activities search bar type “CopyQ” and click on the icon.

CopyQ User Interface:

How to Uninstall CopyQ from Ubuntu 20.04

For some reason, If you want to uninstall CopyQ, refer following procedures.

Procedure #1

It’s most likely that you added the PPA using add-apt-repository command. You can use the same command to remove the PPA as well. Just give it --remove option in the command.

$ sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:hluk/copyq

Note: Use this procedure only if you need to remove the PPA and not the applications installed by it.

Procedure #2

You must have noticed that in the above procedure we only talked about deleting or removing a PPA. What about the applications installed using these PPAs? Will they be removed as a result of removing the PPA? The answer is NO.

So this is when ppa-purge comes in picture. It not only disables the PPA but also uninstalls all the programs installed by the PPA or revert them to original version provided by your distribution.

So type the following command to install the ppa-purge package and uninstall the CopyQ package.

$ sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:hluk/copyq


I hope that now you have a good understanding of How to Install CopyQ on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

If anyone does have any questions about what we covered in this guide then feel free to ask in the comment section below and I will do my best to answer those.

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