Updated: April 17, 2012

Applies To: Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8

Redirects command output from the command line to the Windows clipboard. You can then paste this text output into other programs.

For examples of how to use this command, see Examples.


<Command> | clip
clip < <FileName>





Specifies a command whose output you want to send to the Windows Clipboard.


Specifies a file whose contents you want to send to the Windows Clipboard.


Displays help at the command prompt.


You can use the clip command to copy data directly into any application that can receive text from the Clipboard.


To copy the current directory listing to the Windows clipboard, type:

dir | clip

To copy the output of a program called Generic.awk to the Windows Clipboard, type:

awk -f generic.awk input.txt | clip

To copy the contents of a file called Readme.txt to the Windows Clipboard, type:

clip < readme.txt

Additional references

Command-Line Syntax Key