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Copy to clipboard with #JavaScript Copy to clipboard with #JavaScript

Published on Feb 3, 2020

This is such a little handy JavaScript function that allows you to create a button that will copy a block of content into the user's clipboard. The solution is to use the built-in execCommand function.

Using execCommand to copy text into clipboard

To start we need something that contains text like a JavaScript array. A very common scenario is a textarea with a block of HTML (e.g. when you're copying a Youtube embed video):

With our HTML created, I'm going to use an addEventListener on the click event. Inside the click event we can then use the execCommand function as follows:

document.querySelector('#copytoclipboard').addEventListener('click', function(event) {
var copyTextarea = document.querySelector('#embedcode');


The text inside the text area is now copied to the user's clipboard to paste at their leisure.

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