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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Getting string from the clipboard in Java

Recently needed Java code to get the contents of the clipboard. For your reading pleasure:

public static String getStringFromClipboard() {
String s = null;
Clipboard c = Toolkit.getDefaultToolkit().getSystemClipboard();
Transferable contents = c.getContents(null);
if(contents != null && contents.isDataFlavorSupported(DataFlavor.stringFlavor)) {
try {
Object o = contents.getTransferData(DataFlavor.stringFlavor);
if (o instanceof String)
s = (String)o;
} catch(UnsupportedFlavorException ufe) {
} catch (IOException ioe) {
return s;

This method assumes you are getting a string from the clipboard.

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