The Clipboard interface's readText() method returns a Promise which resolves with a copy of the textual contents of the system clipboard.. The "clipboard-read" permission of the Permissions API must be granted before you can read data from the clipboard.

Syntax

var promise = navigator.clipboard.readText()

Parameters

None.

Return value

A Promise that resolves with a DOMString containing the textual contents of the clipboard. Returns an empty string if the clipboard is empty, does not contain text, or does not include a textual representation among the DataTransfer objects representing the clipboard's contents.

To read non-text contents from the clipboard, use the read() method instead. You can write text to the clipboard using writeText().

Example

This example retrieves the textual contents of the clipboard and inserts the returned text into an element's contents.

navigator.clipboard.readText().then(
  clipText => document.getElementById("outbox").innerText = clipText);

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
Clipboard API and eventsThe definition of 'readText()' in that specification. Working Draft Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

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Desktop Mobile
Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari Android webview Chrome for Android Firefox for Android Opera for Android Safari on iOS Samsung Internet
readText Chrome

Full support 66

Edge

Full support 79

Firefox Full support 63

Notes'

Full support 63

Notes'

Notes' Firefox only supports reading the clipboard in browser extensions, using the "clipboardRead" extension permission.

IE

No support No

Opera

Full support 53

Safari

Full support 13.1

WebView Android

Full support 66

Chrome Android

Full support 66

Firefox Android Full support 63

Notes'

Full support 63

Notes'

Notes' Firefox only supports reading the clipboard in browser extensions, using the "clipboardRead" extension permission.

Opera Android

Full support 47

Safari iOS

Full support 13.4

Samsung Internet Android

Full support 9.0

Legend

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Full support
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See also