How to Install CopyQ Clipboard Manager 4.0.0 in Ubuntu 20.04

The CopyQ clipboard manager released version 4.0.0 a day ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 21.04, Ubuntu 18.04 via PPA.

CopyQ is a free and open-source clipboard manager with editing and scripting features. The new 4.0.0 release features new script engine with some new functions, better ECMAScript support, improved performance.

The release also adds Wayland support and bash completion script. Other changes include:

  • Update synchronization plugin to keep order of new items consistent between multiple instances.
  • Search multiple words in any order
  • Use system notification popups.
  • Item rows set to 1 by default in main window and tray menu
  • Tags can be “locked” in configuration.
  • Web plugin removed.
  • New advanced options allow to set intervals and wait times for copying,
    pasting and window focus.

How to Install Copyq 4.0.0 in Ubuntu:

The official PPA repository has made the latest packages for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, and Ubuntu 20.10.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) from application menu and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hluk/copyq

Type user password (no asterisk feedback due to security reason) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. Then install CopyQ either via Synaptic package manager or by running commands in terminal:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install copyq

Once installed, start the clipboard manager from application menu and you’ll see the icon in system tray area.


To remove the software, either use Synaptic package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove copyq

To remove PPA repositories, launch Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab.