I moved from Xfce4 to i3 recently but I still use xfce4-screenshooter. It works properly and I had no problems with it except that I can't save to clipboard.

On this page it is written:

Copy to the clipboard

The Copy to the clipboard option allows you to paste the screenshot in another application, such as a word processor. This option is only available when a clipboard manager is running.

Althrough I didn't have clipman while I was using Xfce, I was able to use option copy to clipboard. I want to know what program (clipboard manager) should I run at the start of every i3 session.


I did this very same migration myself! I found that I needed to install xfce4-clipman, and then run it on startup by putting exec --no-startup-id xfce4-clipman & in my ~/.i3/config.

I'm not sure why I needed to do this manually though, because I also did not have clipman before my switch to i3, and yet the clipboard option worked. Maybe there's another daemon serving that function?

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I've done the same migration as well and faced the same issue.
I was not satisfied with xfce4-clipman showing as a tray icon even tough it works. I also bound my Print key with xfce4-screenshooter in region mode but it won't let me cancel with escape if that was a missclick. Instead I went with gnome-screenshot whose --clipboard works out of the box.
My i3 config for this binding is:

# -c = copy to clipboard
# -a = area/region mode
bindsym Print exec gnome-screenshot -ca

Now I just have to press my print key, select the area I want to screenshot and it will be copied to my clipboard without having to click anything.

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