Get string value from clipboard : Clipboard « Development « Java Tutorial

import java.awt.Toolkit;
import java.awt.datatransfer.DataFlavor;
import java.awt.datatransfer.Transferable;

public class Main {
  public static void main(String[] argv) {

  public static String getClipboard() {
    Transferable t = Toolkit.getDefaultToolkit().getSystemClipboard().getContents(null);
    try {
      if (t != null && t.isDataFlavorSupported(DataFlavor.stringFlavor)) {
        String text = (String) t.getTransferData(DataFlavor.stringFlavor);

        return text.trim();
    } catch (Exception e) {
    return "";


6.44.1.Using the clipboard
6.44.2.Read Clipboard
6.44.3.Placing text on the computer clipboard
6.44.4.Getting data from the computer clipboard
6.44.5.Get string value from clipboard
6.44.6.Write a string to the system clipboard
6.44.7.Getting and Setting an Image on the System Clipboard
6.44.8.Setting an image on the clipboard with a custom Transferable object to hold the image
6.44.9.Determining When an Item Is No Longer on the System Clipboard
6.44.10.implements ClipboardOwner
6.44.11.Copying data to system clipboard
6.44.12.Clip Text