The Best Free Clipboard History & Clipboard Manager for Mac is Maccy
Maccy is a really good free clipboard manager for the Mac, the type of software that is so good that you’re grateful it is available for free, in the classic spirit of computing and open source software. It’s fast, unobtrusive, allows for text and images, with a great set of features, and a simple to use interface, what’s not to like?
If you haven’t been exposed to clipboard managers before, let’s get you acquainted. Clipboard managers are wildly useful pieces of software that extend your Macs clipboard beyond a single item, keeping a clipboard history so that you can return to access other things you copied to the clipboard previously, even if it’s different media. Essentially this means that you can copy anything, be it text, content, files, images, videos, or just about anything else you can imagine, including content from Universal Clipboard, and retrieve it all quickly, even if you’ve since put something else into the copy/paste buffers. That’s where the clipboard history comes in, which by default keeps track of the last number of items that have come into the clipboard, and with Maccy specifically, that means 200 of the last “copy” procedures will be kept in the clipboard history.
Maccy also shows a thumbnail preview of images and video that are contained within the clipboard history:
One of Maccy’s best fest features though is Search, which lets you easily search through your clipboard history by keyword match.
Searching your clipboard history is so beyond useful that it should be a feature in every clipboard manager (and this whole thing should be built natively into MacOS Finder for that matter).
If a clipboard manager appeals to you, or you’re using another one that you’re not impressed by, give Maccy a try, it’s free anyway.
As you can see Maccy is on Github which means you can not only download and install the app for free but you can access the source too.
If you’re thrilled with the app, you can also buy Maccy on the developers website or directly from the Mac App Store for $10, which is obviously a great way to show gratitude to the developer and support the app.
Maccy has tons of customizable preferences as well, including the handy ability to automatically start upon restarting the Mac, as well as control the clipboard history buffer size, select particular apps to ignore, set hotkeys, toggle on/off, and much more:
If you’re a regular reader of OSXDaily, you may have noticed that I have previously covered another free clipboard manager for the Mac called CopyClip, and that article generated some great discussion about other clipboard managers for MacOS. After several commenters on that article recommended Maccy, and knowing how Mac savvy our audience is, I knew had to try it out for myself, and after using it for 2 months straight I can’t imagine going back to another clipboard manager, Maccy is just better. So, thank you to Stewart and geeMoney for the excellent software recommendation.
Have you tried Maccy as a clipboard manager on your Mac, and what did you think? Where do you rate it against other free clipboard managers? What do you think about Maccy compared to other apps, or paid apps with much more elaborate features like Alfred? Is there a better free clipboard manager and clipboard history app for the Mac? Share your perspectives in the comments.