1.12.3 • Public • Published

PatternFly Element | Clipboard element

A button to copy the current URL to the system clipboard.



<pfe-clipboard role="button" tabindex="0"></pfe-clipboard>

Copy text from an element on the page

Add a valid HTML selector to the target attribute, component will use document.querySelector to find the first element that the selector fits.

We recommend using ID's.

<pfe-clipboard role="button" tabindex="0" copy-from="#copy-me"></pfe-clipboard>
<div id="copy-me">This text will get copied</div>

<pfe-clipboard role="button" tabindex="0" copy-from="body .copy-me"></pfe-clipboard>
<div class="copy-me">This text will get copied</div>

Copy arbitrary content

Set the attribute copy-from="property" and set the property contentToCopy on the component with what should be copied.

<!-- Markup on the page -->
<pfe-clipboard role="button" tabindex="0" copy-from="property" id="copyButton"></pfe-clipboard>
// In some JS for the page
window.addEventListener('load', function() {
  document.getElementById('copyButton').contentToCopy('Wakka wakka!');

Optionally hide the icon

<pfe-clipboard no-icon role="button" tabindex="0"></pfe-clipboard>

Override the link text

<pfe-clipboard role="button" tabindex="0">
    <span slot="text">hey you, copy this url!</span>

Override the copied notification text

<pfe-clipboard role="button" tabindex="0">
    <span slot="text--success">URL Copied to clipboard</span>

Override the icon

<pfe-clipboard role="button" tabindex="0">
    <pfe-icon slot="icon" icon="web-icon-globe"></pfe-icon>

Override all slots

<pfe-clipboard role="button" tabindex="0">
    <span slot="text">Copy this article URL</span>
    <span slot="text--success">URL Copied to clipboard</span>
    <pfe-icon slot="icon" icon="web-icon-globe"></pfe-icon>

Specify the amount of seconds the copy success text should be visible

<pfe-clipboard role="button" tabindex="0" copied-duration="5"></pfe-clipboard>


<pfe-clipboard> implements many features of a standard button to provide an accessible experience for all users. By default, role="button" and tabindex="0" are added to inform assistive technology that <pfe-clipboard> should be treated as a button. It listens for mouse clicks as well as enter and space key presses per the recommendation of w3.org.


  • text: Optionally override the text of the button.

  • icon: Optionally override the default link svg icon. You can inline svg <svg slot="icon"></svg> or use pfe-icon <pfe-icon slot="icon" icon="web-icon-globe"></pfe-icon>.

  • text--success: Optionally override the text of the success state which defaults to Copied.


  • copy-from: Defaults to url, decides what should be copied. Possible values are:
    • url Will copy the current page's URL.
    • property Will copy the text from contentToCopy method of the component.
    • A DOMString (e.g. #copyTarget or .code-sample pre) will use document.querySelector() with the given text to find the target and will use innerText on most elements or value on form fields.
  • no-icon: Optional boolean attribute that, when present, removes the icon from the template.
  • copied-duration: Specify the amount of time in seconds the copy success text should be visible.

Variable hooks

Available hooks for styling:

Variable name Default value Region
--pfe-clipboard--Color var(--pfe-broadcasted--link, #06c) N/A
--pfe-clipboard--FontWeight var(--pfe-theme--font-weight--light, 300) N/A
--pfe-clipboard--FontSize 1rem N/A
--pfe-clipboard--Padding 6px 16px N/A
--pfe-clipboard--icon--Width 16px icon
--pfe-clipboard--icon--Height auto icon
--pfe-clipboard--icon--margin 0 0.4825rem 0 0 icon
--pfe-clipboard--icon--Color #6a6e73 icon
--pfe-clipboard--Color--focus var(--pfe-broadcasted--link--focus, #004080) N/A
--pfe-clipboard--Color--hover var(--pfe-broadcasted--link--hover, #004080) N/A



Let's you know when the component has run connectedCallback, useful for knowing when you can set the contentToCopy method and know that it will work.


Fires when the current url is successfully copied the user's system clipboard.

detail: {
    url: String



A setter to set the content you would like to copy, only works if copy-from attribute is set to property. Recommend using pfe-clipboard:connected event to know when the component's setter is ready.


Will copy the text the component is set to copy to the system clipboard

If available, it will use the new Navigator API to access the system clipboard. If unavailable, it will use the legacy execCommand("copy").


  • Promise<string> url
    .then(url => console.log(`Successfully copied: ${url}`))
    .catch(error => console.error(error));


Deprecrated, will copy the current URL to the clipboard using copyTextToClipboard.


  • Promise<string> url
  .then(url => console.log(`Successfully copied: ${url}`))
  .catch(error => console.error(error));




`npm start`


`npm run test`


`npm run build`


From the PFElements root directory, run:

`npm run demo`

Code style

Clipboard (and all PFElements) use Prettier to auto-format JS and JSON. The style rules get applied when you commit a change. If you choose to, you can integrate your editor with Prettier to have the style rules applied on every save.


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