Copy to Clipboard - a browser agnostic way to script this functionality | MyThinkPond

Have you tried to present some code or sample content for the end-user that you wanted to allow them to easily copy to their clip-board?

If you use the JQuery Javascript library then you can use the plugin called zClip available here - zClip

Using zclip you can attach an event to a button or a text-area such that when the event occurs, the content is copied to the clipboard.

Well, if you are not using JQuery as the swiss-army knife for your Javascript toolkit, then here is an alternative that can come in handy:

It’s called “ZeroClipboard” and it’s available from

Both tools do the following, they replace or overlay a flash plugin on top which then passes the needed content to the native clipboard. Both solutions do not have a graceful way to do copy to clipboard especially if you do not have flash enabled or installed for your platform - browser.

As the browser matures, maybe this functionality might be allowed natively from a Javascript code but until then, the ZeroClipboard and zClip are the best ways to implement a “copy-to-clipboard”.

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About Venkatt Guhesan
Enterprise Software Architect currently working at DataDirect Networks developing a highly scalable monitoring solution called DDN Insight. My passions include all things Open Source including Linux (CentOS, Red Hat, Gentoo, Open Stack, Docker & Ubuntu), embedded ARM processors and microcontrollers (Arduino, UDOO, Cubieboard, BeagleBoard, OnionIO, TI's Zigbee). Coming from an Electrical and Computer Engineering background, working in developing and designing enterprise - distributed, highly scalable software requires a unique set of software skills with a good understanding of the hardware. This makes his work challenging and interesting. In his free time, he spends his time with his family and two children. He also enjoys researching on topics including - world ancient history and yoga. Visit the 'About' section for more details.
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