CopyQ Not Saving Clipboard Copy Paste in Ubuntu 23.04

I have used copyq for a while now, and have been pleased with its performance. It seems to have stopped working. I am using UBUNTU 23.04. I have tried reinstalling it, but to no avail. Anyone got any thoughts?

Good to see you back @david.bradford

Interesting because I also faced the same situation after upgrading to Ubuntu 23.04.

The culprit is Wayland which is surprising because I was using it earlier as well. Still, there is a fix.

First step: close any running instance of CopyQ

Now, from a terminal, run it like this:

env QT_QPA_PLATFORM=xcb copyq

Check if the clipboard history is saved now. If CopyQ is working properly now, go to next step.

Step 2: Since CopyQ is working when it is run with QT_QPA_PLATFORM environment variable set, you should make the change permanent so that when Copy auto starts, it sets the required variable.

Create a backup of the desktop config file (just for the sake of it):

cp ~/.config/autostart/copyq.desktop ~/.config/autostart/copyq.desktop~

Now, open this file for editing in Nano or Gedit. I’ll use Gedit so that it is easier for anyone:

gedit ~/.config/autostart/copyq.desktop

At the bottom of this file, you’ll see a line starting with Exec.

Change this line to:

Exec=env QT_QPA_PLATFORM=xcb copyq

Step 3: save the file and reboot your system.

CopyQ should auto start and work properly now.

This is mentioned in their documentation.

Enjoy it :slight_smile:


Hi Abhi
Thanks for this and apologies for not getting back to you sooner. I had forgotten I had posted this and was reminded about it when I received Foss Weekly #23.52 with its article about Clipboard Managers.
All is well now.
Keep up the good work