CopyQ 4.0.0 Released

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Lukáš Holeček

Apr 11, 2021, 11:53:18 AM4/11/21
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Hi All,

CopyQ 4.0.0 clipboard manager has been finally released!

Thanks for your patience, bug reports, help with translations, documentation and submitting patches.

Full changelog is below. Briefly, here are notable new changes:
* Native notifications
* Wayland support (details in
* New scripting engine
* Improved item synchronization between multiple app instances
* Rows are now numbered from 1 instead of 0 (see

## Features

- Synchronization plugin newly keeps order of new items consistent between
  multiple application instances (#1558). Newly added items in one instance
  will appear at the top of other instances.

- Search now finds separate words if regular expressions are disabled (#1569).
  Searching for "foo bar" will find items containing both "foo" and "bar" and
  the relative position of words no longer matter.

- System notification popups are now used instead of own implementation.

- Item rows in main window and tray menu are now indexed from one instead of
  zero by default (#1085). This can be reverted to the old behavior using
  command `copyq row_index_from_one false`.

- A tag can be marked as "locked" in configuration. Items with such tags cannot
  be removed until the tag is removed or "unlocked".

- Command line completion for bash (#1460). Thanks, Jordan!

- History combo box is focused when Action dialog opens to easily recall recent
  commands. Note: Focusing combo boxes is not supported on macOS.

- Web plugin has been completely dropped (unmaintained with performance and
  possible security problems). Simple HTTP rendering is still supported by Text

- Advanced option `window_paste_with_ctrl_v_regex` to change default paste
  shortcut Shift+Insert to Ctrl+V for specific windows (only on Windows and
  Linux/X11). This is regular expression matching window titles.

- New advanced options allow to set intervals and wait times for copying,
  pasting and window focus:

  * `script_paste_delay_ms` - delay after `paste()`, default is 250ms (#1577)
  * `window_wait_before_raise_ms`
  * `window_wait_raised_ms`
  * `window_wait_after_raised_ms`
  * `window_key_press_time_ms`
  * `window_wait_for_modifiers_released_ms`

- Format "text/plain;charset=utf-8" is now preferred to "text/plain".

- FakeVim: Auto-indents when adding new lines.

## Scripting

- New scripting engine. This adds some new functionality, better ECMAScript
  support, improved performance and would allow Qt 6 support in the future.

- Argument `--start-server` to both starts the app if not yet running and runs
  a command (#1590). For example, `copyq --start-server show` would show main
  window even if the app was not started yet.

- Accessing a missing plugin from script throws an human-readable error and
  show an popup if uncaught (for example, "plugins.itemtags" could throw
  "Plugin itemtags is not installed").

- Script function `setPointerPosition()` throws an error if it fails to set the
  mouse pointer position.

- Fixes for `NetworkReply` objects to properly fetch data when needed (#1603).
  Script functions `networkGet()` and `networkPost()` now wait for data to be
  fetched. New script functions `networkGetAsync()` and `networkPostAsync()`
  can be used to make asynchronous network request. Property
  `NetworkReply.finished` can be used to retrieved completion status of a

- New script function `styles()` to list possible application styles and option
  `style` to override the default or current style.

## Platforms

- Wayland support, notably clipboard access and window size restoring.

- Windows: Builds are now 64bit (built by Visual Studio tools).

- Linux: Selecting the app icon in the desktop environment using the installed
  entry in the application menu or launcher, shows main window immediately.
  Previously, the app started silently in tray or minimized state.

- Linux/X11: Fixes copying from VirtualBox (#1565).

- macOS: Fix version information (#1552).

## User Interface

- The default theme is kept consistent with system theme (#1613). This also
  allows to use new special placeholders like `default_bg` and `default_text`
  in custom style sheet files.

- Command dialog always shows the command type at top.

- Updated icons (Font Awesome 5.15.3).

- FakeVim: Command line not supports better text interaction (select, copy,
  cut, paste).

## Fixes

- Fix crashed with some custom system themes (#1521).

- Fix importing old saved tabs/configuration (#1501).

- Fix trailing spaces in copied commands.

- Fix filtering shortcuts in preferences.

- Fixes for window geometry restoring.

- Tray menu items are updated only just before the menu is shown.

- Avoid storing "text/richtext" by default since displaying of this format is
  not supported.

- Better performance when updating synchronized items.

- Various appearance and theme fixes (#1559).

## Various

- Code base now follows C++17 standard.

- GitHub Actions now continuously build and test for Linux and macOS, and
  provide development builds for macOS.

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