The Clipboard API adds to the Navigator interface the read-only clipboard property, which returns the Clipboard object used to read and write the clipboard's contents. The Clipboard API can be used to implement cut, copy, and paste features within a web application.

Use of the asynchronous clipboard read and write methods requires that the user grant the web site or app permission to access the clipboard. This permission must be obtained from the Permissions API using the "clipboard-read" and/or "clipboard-write" permissions.


theClipboard = navigator.clipboard;


The Clipboard object used to access the system clipboard.


The following code uses navigator.clipboard to access the system clipboard in order to read the contents of the clipboard.

  clipText => document.querySelector(".cliptext").innerText = clipText);

This snippet replaces the contents of the element whose class is "cliptext" with the text contents of the clipboard. Perhaps this code is being used in a browser extension that displays the current clipboard contents, automatically updating periodically or when specific events fire.

If the clipboard is empty or doesn't contain text, the "cliptext" element's contents are cleared. This happens because readText() returns an empty string if the clipboard is empty or doesn't contain text.


Specification Status Comment
Clipboard API and eventsThe definition of 'navigator.clipboard' in that specification. Working Draft Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

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Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari Android webview Chrome for Android Firefox for Android Opera for Android Safari on iOS Samsung Internet
clipboard Chrome

Full support 66


Full support 79


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No support No


Full support 53


Full support 13.1

WebView Android

Full support 66

Chrome Android

Full support 66

Firefox Android

Full support 63

Opera Android

Full support 47

Safari iOS

Full support 13.4

Samsung Internet Android

Full support 9.0


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