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10 Best clipboard managers for Mac in 2024

A clipboard lets you copy any item and paste it into a supported app within a few clicks. However, the built-in Mac clipboard can be limiting, especially because macOS stores nothing besides your most recently copied item. Fortunately, many third-party clipboards available for Mac can solve this issue and cater to a variety of requirements.

I started looking for the same and compiled a list of some of the best clipboard managers for Mac. Surf through the entries, weigh the pros and cons, and take your pick!

  1. Copy ‘Em
  2. CopyClip 2
  3. Pasty
  4. Maccy
  5. PastePal
  6. Paste
  7. Flycut
  8. Pastebox
  9. CopyLess 2
  10. PasteNow

1. Copy ‘Em – Editor’s Choice

Copy Em Mac Clipboard Manager Screenshot

Copy ‘Em is the ultimate clipboard manager you can get if you don’t want to compromise. It can keep unlimited records of everything you throw at it, irrespective of whether it is text, images, PDFs, color codes, or even files. Since Copy ‘Em is available on iPhone and iPad, you can easily sync your Mac’s clipboard on both of them.

Like other clipboard managers, you can access the complete list of copied items through the menu bar icon. Moreover, you can organize those items into lists or drag them to rearrange their order for quicker access. Lastly, Copy ‘Em allows you to pause using it if you ever want to use Mac’s built-in clipboard manager.

Pros

  • Simple interface
  • Categorization to access things quickly
  • Snippets
  • Sync with iPad and iPhone

Cons

  • Expensive

Price: $14.99

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2. CopyClip 2 – Successor to CopyClip with more features

CopyClip 2 Mac Clipboard Manager Screenshot

CopyClip 2 is the successor to one of the most successful clipboard managers of all time, CopyClip. It comes with more advanced features than its previous version. While it can copy various things to its clipboard, you can save formatted text and exclude certain apps from saving copied items to CopyClip 2.

CopyClip 2 resides on the menu bar of your Mac, and you can access it with a click or use the Control+Shift+Space shortcut on your keyboard. Even though it’s improved, it still can’t hold images or tables properly like its previous versions. So if you were a fan of its predecessor, you’d love this update.

Pros

  • Pin copied items
  • Access copied text or links quickly
  • Support for MacBook with Touch Bar

Cons

  • Issues with images and tables
  • Slightly expensive for the features it offers

Price: $7.99

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3. Pasty – Clipboard manager with a user-friendly interface

Pasty Mac Clipboard Manager Screenshot

If you don’t like the typical old looks of a clipboard manager, you can check out Pasty. It has an entirely modern interface. It functions as well as it seems, allowing you to copy images, large amounts of text, and different data between apps.

When you access all the copied data using a keyboard shortcut, you’ll notice that you can create different spaces and organize copied data accordingly. Furthermore, it has a Smart search feature that lets you search for text from different files, images, and texts using the text recognition feature.

Pros

  • Minimal user-interface
  • Spaces feature to organize items
  • Smart Search

Cons

  • Subscription model

Price: Free (In-app purchases start at $0.99)

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4. Maccy – Lightweight clipboard manager

Maccy Mac Clipboard Manager Screenshot

Maccy is an open-source and lightweight clipboard manager that can hold and let you access your data instantly. It works fast since it’s light and works mainly with keyboard shortcuts. Additionally, this app easily lets you paste anything with or without formatting.

Moreover, the developer built the app using the native macOS UI. So, you’ll quite often find it as a part of macOS instead of a third-party app. Since it’s open-source, you can take the code from GitHub and customize it to your liking by changing the code.

Pros

  • Works with keyboard shortcuts
  • Copy images
  • Support for Hex Colors

Cons

  • Slightly expensive

Price: $9.99

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5. PastePal – Clipboard sync with modern UI

PastePal Mac Clipboard Manager Screenshot

If you’re looking for clipboard sync across your Apple devices and don’t want to compromise the user interface, PastePal is your solution. Once you install the app on your iPad or iPhone, you can access all your Mac’s clippings in the app. Also, PastePal goes hand-in-hand with Apple’s user interface and looks beautiful while not making it hard to navigate.

On the Mac, it comes with a quick sidebar that you can access with a keyboard shortcut. The sidebar houses all the recently copied items, and if you think it’s limited, you can always go to the app, where you can find all your clippings categorized by app, type, and selection.

Pros

  • Beautiful user-interface
  • Sync across devices
  • Better Organization

Cons

  • Performance issues then and now

Price: Free (In-app purchases start at $0.99)

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6. Paste – Sync clipboard with iPhone and iPad

Paste Mac Clipboard Manager Screenshot

If you want a clipboard manager for your Mac but don’t want to miss out on the Handoff feature that Apple provides, Paste is the perfect solution. Since it’s also available on the iPad and iPhone, it’ll sync your items on all devices like Handoff. However, you’ll need to get its subscription to utilize this feature.

It comes with a different interface compared to other clipboard managers on the Mac. Instead of opening in the menu bar when you click on it, Paste opens up from the bottom, revealing all the copied items. Furthermore, you’ll find all the items categorized in their respective ones, which helps you find what you want quicker.

Pros

  • Clean interface
  • Categorization to access things quickly
  • Pinboards (snippets)

Cons

  • Subscription model

Price: Free (In-app purchases start at $1.99)

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7. Flycut – Clipboard manager for developers

Flycut Mac Clipboard Manager Screenshot

If you’re a developer and copy a lot of stuff while coding, then the Flycut app is right for you. The developer built it upon an open-source program called Jumpcut. When you copy a code, Flycut will keep it in the menu bar. You can access it later by pressing the Shift+Command+V shortcut and then clicking on the code while pressing the keyboard’s Control button.

The app doesn’t provide many tools for everyday users since it doesn’t let you copy images or links. So it’s best to look for other apps on this list if you’re not a developer. The best part is that it doesn’t cost a dime, so you shouldn’t expect much from it.

Pros

  • Detects and copies code
  • Easy to access keyboard shortcut
  • Free

Cons

  • Doesn’t support images or links

Price: Free

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8. Pastebox – Intuitive clipboard manager

PasteBox Mac Clipboard Manager Screenshot

If you’re looking for a simple clipboard manager supporting most file types, give Pastebox a shot. From plain text to images, Pastebox can handle everything efficiently while providing many options to manage the copied data. Since it has persistent history, you don’t have to worry about losing your clipboard items.

Like other clipboard managers, you can use a simple keyboard shortcut to invoke it from the menu bar. Moreover, if you want to paste a previously copied item and not the current one, there’s a shortcut in this app. Lastly, it has a powerful snippet manager that lets you save text snippets so you can use them later.

Pros

  • Intuitive user interface
  • Easy to access keyboard shortcut
  • Supports images, links, and hex colors

Cons

  • Few keyboard shortcuts

Price: $5.99

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9. CopyLess 2 – Paste the last ten clippings instantly

CopyLess 2 Mac Clipboard Manager Screenshot

CopyLess 2, as the name suggests, is a successor to the CopyLess clipboard manager. It boasts all the same features as CopyLess but adds more on top of it. You can store up to 1000 clippings to the clipboard, including images, text, files, color codes, and more. Moreover, you can access it using a keyboard shortcut.

Also, you can copy the most recent clipboard items by pressing the Cmd and followed by any number between 0-9, depending on the position of the item. Besides, it lets you search through all the clipboard clippings to find any text in images, texts, or links. Although the app is free, post a seven-day free trial, you will have to pay a $7.99 one-time fee.

Pros

  • Shortcuts for the last ten individual clippings
  • Store up to 1000 clippings
  • Smart Search

Cons

  • No clipboard items organization

Price: Free (In-app purchases start at $7.99)

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10. PasteNow – Minimal clipboard manager

PasteNow Mac Clipboard Manager Screenshot

PasteNow is another app with cross-platform clipboard sync that uses iCloud. However, it’s faster when syncing between devices while maintaining a minimal user interface. It supports copying texts, images, links, code, colors, and more and displays them accordingly so you can determine which one is what.

Moreover, you can preview the content before you can copy it, so you don’t copy the wrong items accidentally. Furthermore, it has Smart Lists, where you set specific rules, and it’ll automatically move anything to the Smart List if it fulfills the rule. PasteNow comes with a seven-day free trial before you can purchase it for a one-time fee of $7.99.

Pros

  • Beautiful user-interface
  • Sync across devices
  • Smart Lists
  • Preview items before copying

Cons

  • Slightly buggy sometimes

Price: Free (In-app purchases start at $7.99)

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Final thoughts…

As mentioned, most clipboard managers do their job as provided, but some can provide extra features like cross-platform sync, better design language, organizing items, and more.

However, before you choose a clipboard manager, go through all the details and see if it works best for your use case. Also, check out these apps’ value proportions since most charge a fee. Let us know which clipboard manager did you choose for your Mac.

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  • Sajid

    Sajid Shaik is a tech enthusiast who explains complex concepts in a clear and concise way. For the past 7 years, he has been a regular contributor to tech blogs and publications, including MakeUseOf and iGeeksBlog. Sajid also has extensive knowledge of the Apple ecosystem, which he shares with his readers through his words. He has created a wide range of content, such as How-Tos, Reviews, Listicles, and much more. Aside from that, Sajid has a degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering, which gives him an advantage in better understanding technology at hardware level. Apart from writing, you can find him fiddling with Apple products or keeping up with all things Apple.

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