LKBEN10751: Howto send command output to the Windows clipboard with clip.exe


Clip is a nice feature for capturing command line output and paste it in your GUI.




Vista comes with a command-line utility clip.exe that can be used to redirect or pipe the output of another command to the Windows clipboard. The command uses a "pipe" and has the form: somecommand | clip

For example, to send a directory listing to the clipboard, the command is: dir | clip


dir | clip

You can now copy and paste your output of the dir command.

You can also place the contents of a text file into the Windows clipboard with clip.exe

The utility clip.exe can also be used to read a text file and place its contents in the Windows clipboard.

The command has the form: clip < yourfile.txt


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Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG

Wim Peeters is electronics engineer with an additional master in IT and over 30 years of experience, including time spent in support, development, consulting, training and database administration. Wim has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. He has developed in C/C++, Java and C# on Windows and Linux. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform.