The Clipboard interface's readText() method returns a Promise which resolves with a copy of the textual contents of the system clipboard.. The "clipboard-read" permission of the Permissions API must be granted before you can read data from the clipboard.


var promise = navigator.clipboard.readText()



Return value

A Promise that resolves with a DOMString containing the textual contents of the clipboard. Returns an empty string if the clipboard is empty, does not contain text, or does not include a textual representation among the DataTransfer objects representing the clipboard's contents.

To read non-text contents from the clipboard, use the read() method instead. You can write text to the clipboard using writeText().


This example retrieves the textual contents of the clipboard and inserts the returned text into an element's contents.

  clipText => document.getElementById("outbox").innerText = clipText);


Specification Status Comment
Clipboard API and events
The definition of 'readText()' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition.

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See also