ClipBar: Pasteboard Viewer 4+

Pasting, faster & accurate

Cesare Forelli

    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings
    • $1.99



ClipBar lives in the upper right corner of your Mac and displays what's currently in your pasteboard.
If you have ever put your fingers on the CMD-V keys and then stopped, wondering what you were going to paste, ClipBar is the small menu bar utility for you.
The app main purpose is to allow you to quickly check the text you're going to paste, but ClipBar also shows if the pasteboard is currently holding an image (giving you its size) or a file (showing you the path). And when you click on ClipBar, a popover will appear for viewing a larger preview of your untruncated clipboard's content (from which you can extract part of the text or file path), or to actually view the image currently in your pasteboard.

We copy and paste stuff so many times every day, and yet having the ability to see at a glance what's in the pasteboard before actually pasting it will make you faster and more accurate.

IMPORTANT! Before installing and using ClipBar, you must assess if displaying the content of your pasteboard on screen is acceptable for you: ClipBar shows whatever is your current pasteboard content in the Menu Bar; this might include sensible informations, such as passwords, shown in plain text on screen.

Handling your pasteboard data is a sensitive matter, and ClipBar takes this responsibility seriously: the app does not persistently store the content of your pasteboard, doesn't connect to the Internet, doesn't include 3rd party frameworks of any kind (no analytics or other prying stuff) and is completely sandboxed.

For additional informations, and before using the app, please review ClipBar's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy at and get in touch if you need any additional clarifications.

ClipBar is not a clipboard manager – there's a lot of great apps that do that well already – but it can complement any third party solution you use to manage your pasteboard.

The app can launch automatically at login and you can configure the maximum length of the text preview, and if longer strings should be truncated at the beginning, in the middle or the end. If you hover your mouse on the Menu Bar item, you will get a full, untruncated preview even for longer texts and file paths. And you can also share your pasteboard's content to other apps directly from ClipBar's popover!

ClipBar is at home on Ventura and is built natively for Apple Silicon, but it is also compatible with previous versions of macOS (it requires version 10.14 Mojave or newer) and older Intel Macs.

ClipBar is an indie product that does not include in-app purchases or subscriptions: you just buy the app once for, dare I say, a very convenient price and keep it forever on all your Macs while also supporting its future development.
Support is available from the developer - me, Cesare - at and your reviews and word of mouth are really, really appreciated!

What’s New

Version 1.5

ClipBar 1.5 adds a cool new trick, thanks to Peter's appreciated feature request: there's now support for adding a global keyboard shortcut to toggle the app's popover on and off.

To enable this feature, please open ClipBar's Settings and click the Record Shortcut area; then, please type your favorite key combination, for instance ⌘⌥G.
From now on, every time you want to review the full content of your pasteboard (and not only the preview provided by the app in the menu bar) without actually pasting it, you can invoke ClipBar with that keyboard shortcut. And what's even cooler is that ClipBar won't steal focus from the app you are in, so you don't need to switch context.

When you record the shortcut, you'll need to use one or more of the following modifiers plus a letter or number:

⌘ Command
⌃ Control
⌥ Option
⇧ Shift

The system checks if the shortcut is not currently registered by another application, so the perfect combination you had in mind might not be available.

This was a fun feature to build, and one I believe can bring great convenience in day by day use of ClipBar.

As always, I will be incredibly grateful if you decide to take the time to leave a 5-stars review, if it’s useful to you! –Cesare

Ratings and Reviews

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App Privacy

The developer, Cesare Forelli, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


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    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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