Is there some way to enable copying text when selecting text via the mouse in the terminal app?

The settings dialog in the terminal app only seems to provide a way to select a theme and font size.

  • Were you able to do this on another Linux system? If so, do you know which terminal it was?
    – Paul
    Nov 28, 2018 at 5:13
  • yeah on KDE’s terminal app its a config option. I also know it from Xterm on OSX. Nov 29, 2018 at 7:25
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    Correct me if I wrong, but this something different than the middle-button(scroll wheel) copy/paste function where you highlight text with the mouse and then click the middle-button.
    – Paul
    Nov 29, 2018 at 8:21
  • Have you tried installing the KDE Konsole? sudo apt install konsole. I installed it but I'm not seeing the settings you were talking about.
    – Paul
    Nov 29, 2018 at 8:30
  • Thanks @Paul the select-middle-button click sequence did it for me!
    – Friso
    Nov 29, 2018 at 8:51

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Found solution that works in the terminal app:

System Settings -> Mouse & Touchpad -> Clicking -> Middle click paste


  • Wow, how did I miss this?! Thanks so much, this should be the selected answer, IMHO.
    – Fred Rocha
    Apr 1, 2020 at 15:07

If I understand correctly, you just want to copy text after highlighting it with a mouse. Correct? You should be able to just alternate-click and select copy.

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EDIT: 1) A possible solution is to use the middle-button (scroll wheel) copy/paste function. Just highlight the text with your mouse and then click the middle button (scroll wheel). It will paste what you highlighted.

2) Another possible solution is to install gnome-terminal and then install this patch: http://www.taika.org/~tomba/gnome-terminal/index.html It should give you the PuTTY like function of copying just by highlighting text.

3) Another solution is to use the terminator terminal. This has the PuTTY style paste option built into it.

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    yeah .. but I would like to not have to do anything beyond selecting text .. ie. as soon as I select any text .. it should copy it to the clipboard. Nov 18, 2018 at 18:37
  • OK. I understand now. I'm not sure about the elementary OS terminal, but I think there was a way to do this in the Gnome Terminal. Is this what you were looking for?: taika.org/~tomba/gnome-terminal/index.html
    – Paul
    Nov 19, 2018 at 3:58
  • I'm searching for the same solution. I'm way too used to the very convenient "copy on highlight". Any ideas?
    – Fred Rocha
    Mar 31, 2020 at 20:10

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