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Copying text from Vim to the system clipboard

Copying text from Vim to the system clipboard

How to copy text to paste elsewhere by using xclip

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Published on Jul 20, 2021

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To copy text from Vim to the system clipboard I use xclip with this command:

xclip -sel clip

To copy the whole file I use % to represent the file and write it to the xclip command:

:%w !xclip -sel clip

When I want to copy a selection only, I make the selection first in the usual ways and then write that selection to the same xclip command:

:'<,'>w !xclip -sel clip

I am then able to paste the clipboard in another program using either the mouse or CTRL-V.

 
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