Copy & Paste Between The Terminal and Desktop

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This is just a quick tip, but it’s pretty handy nevertheless.

Ever once in a while I find that it would be handy to be able to copy things, such as a file contents or command output, from the command line to the mac clipboard.

It turns out this is actually pretty simple using a command called pbcopy.

Here is an example of getting the contents of a file, we will use testfile.txt, so that I can paste it into a document I am working on:

$ cat testfile.txt | pbcopy

Now you can paste the contents into any desktop app.