An Excellent Free Clipboard Manager for Mac is CopyClip
CopyClip is a free and simple clipboard manager for Mac that lives in your menu bar, storing all of the content or items that you have copied or cut into your clipboard, which you can then quickly recall and paste wherever is needed.
If you’re unfamiliar with clipboard managers, they can significantly improve your Mac productivity by storing a history of all copied content, including text, URLs/links, and even files. Unlike the default macOS clipboard, which only retains the most recent item copied or cut, a clipboard manager allows you to access many copied items and things that you have copied historically. You can then seamlessly switch between items in your clipboard for whatever task you’re doing, whether you’re writing, doing research, coding, or general computing, and extend the copy and paste feature far beyond it’s default simplicity. CopyClip is one such clipboard manager tool, which is what we’re discussing here.
You can grab CopyClip free from the App Store:
Once launched, it’ll CopyClip will sit in your menu bar, and start collecting a history of your clipboard usage. In no time, you’ll have a running and accessible history of your clipboard, anything you have copied or cut, that you can then access and retrieve again later.
By default, CopyClip keeps a history of 80 of the last copied or cut items to the clipboard, and shows 20 of those in the CopyClip menubar item. You can customize both of those in the app preferences if you’re interested in doing so.
CopyClip is a powerful utility for the Mac, and that it’s free is a great bonus. It’s certainly one of the best free clipboard managers for Mac that I have used from the App Store, but if you don’t mind branching out then Maccy is also excellent. If you’re thrilled with CopyClip and want even more, the developer offers a paid version with even more features, like a giant clipboard buffer of thousands of items, and search support, called CopyClip 2.
And while this article was written on a modern M2 Mac with MacOS Sonoma, if you happen to have a much older Mac running, say, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, you can check out ClipMenu instead, which is great for those older Macs that are still in service. It’s also worth pointing out that some apps have individual clipboard managers specific to them, for example iTerm2 has a clipboard history feature that is handy as well.
Clipboard history is such a useful feature that it’s a little surprising it hasn’t been adopted natively in macOS yet, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see that happen down the road. For now, check out CopyClip, or if you have another solution that you prefer, share that in the comments!