I am using Arch linux. However after the recent gnome update, I am not able to copy or paste anything into or from gnome terminal to gui applications like editors or browsers. However I am able to copy and paste within the the terminal like coping and pasting a previous command or output. I am also able to copy paste within GUI applications, for example between an editor and a browser. How ever I am not able to copy paste from the browser to the terminal or from the editor to the terminal and viceversa.

I am sure this is not a keyboard shortcuts issue as Ctrl+ C, Ctrl+ V,Ctrl+ Shift +C, Ctrl+ Shift + V as expected when used within the terminal or among the GUI applications.

I have tried installing clipit, but there is no difference. I am pretty sure I didnt have the issue before.

  • Great to know... but I still have no idea what could be wrong... are you using any clipboard tools like clipit? It doesnt make sence that even clipit doest work
    – Nithin
    May 20, 2015 at 11:13
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    Are you using wayland? I think that copy/paste between Wayland windows and XWayland windows doesn't work (meaning that it has not been implemented yet)
    – lgpasquale
    May 20, 2015 at 11:13
  • Yes I am... In non wayland mode, gnome hangs freequently
    – Nithin
    May 20, 2015 at 11:15

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Copy/paste between Wayland windows and XWayland windows does not work yet (it has not been implemented).

I can't manage to find any official source on this, but here are a couple of links to posts saying exactly this:




This feature has been implemented in mutter 3.17.2 (see the release notes).

  • that patch seems to be for clipboard copy-paste (ctrl-v, ctrl-c), not for selection select-paste (mouse buttons). it seems still broken with mutter 3.20.2
    – Jasen
    May 6, 2019 at 21:35

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