Use Flycut to Easily Archive Your Clipboard Content

Recently, I realized the need to access previously copied or cut items from earlier in the day or even further back. To solve this, I created an archive for my clipboard content and stored it on Dropbox for easy access later on.

While searching for a straightforward solution, I stumbled upon Flycut, a no-cost application derived from the older Jumpcut, which has not seen updates since January 2009.

Flycut is accessible for free via the Mac App Store and is compatible with OS X 10.6.6 or newer. Once installed, you can configure it by following these settings:

You can adjust it to “Remember” between 10 to 99 clipboard entries, and display between five to 99 entries.

Customize these settings to your preference.

The key setting to ensure is selecting “After each clip” for the “save” frequency to function properly.

To enhance functionality, download the shell script. This script automatically saves your clipboard content to a file whenever there’s a change. After downloading, change its permissions (chmod 755 and move it to /usr/local/bin/

By default, your clipboard data will be stored in ~/Dropbox/TEMP/

You can modify the storage directory by editing the DIR= line in the script. The directory will be created if it does not exist.

If you have growlnotify installed, the script will display the current clipboard content via Growl notifications whenever it changes. To disable these notifications, set GROWL=no in the script.

For automation, follow these steps:

  1. Download com.tjluoma.flycutmonitor.plist and place it in ~/Library/LaunchAgents/.
  2. Modify the username in the file from luomat to your Mac’s username.
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