The CLIP command in Windows CMD is a utility for copying the results of any command from the command prompt to the Windows clipboard. This allows users to easily share output or store it in other applications. It is most effective for capturing command outputs, error messages, or any other data displayed in the command prompt that needs to be used elsewhere.


The basic syntax of the CLIP command is very straightforward, as it does not require any parameters:

command | CLIP

Here, command represents any command whose output you want to copy to the clipboard.


CLIP does not have options or flags. Its functionality is solely to capture the output from the command line and transfer it to the clipboard.


  1. Copying command output to the clipboard:
    To copy the current directory listing to the clipboard, you could use the following command:

    dir | CLIP
  2. Copying system information:
    Copy the system information displayed by systeminfo to the clipboard:

    systeminfo | CLIP
  3. Capturing command errors:
    To capture the error messages of a command, redirect the error stream combined with the output stream to CLIP:

    command 2>&1 | CLIP

Common Issues

  • Clipboard not available: If the clipboard service is not running or is interrupted, CLIP will fail to copy the data.
    Solution: Ensure the clipboard service is active and not experiencing issues.

  • Output encoding issues: Sometimes, the data copied into the clipboard might not appear as expected when pasted.
    Solution: Check the default encoding settings and ensure they match between the source and the destination where the data is pasted.


CLIP can be integrated with other commands to perform more complex tasks:

  1. Combining multiple commands’ outputs:
    Collect outputs from multiple commands into a single clipboard entry:

    (dir && systeminfo) | CLIP
  2. Scripting usage:
    In a batch script, use CLIP to log certain outputs for later use:

    @echo off
    ipconfig /all | CLIP
    echo IP Configuration copied to clipboard.
  • echo: Often used to output custom messages to the clipboard.
  • PowerShell Set-Clipboard: A more advanced clipboard management command available in PowerShell that offers more flexibility and formats.

For further reading and additional resources on CMD commands, visit the Microsoft Command-line Reference.

By mastering CLIP, users can streamline the process of exporting and sharing command data, aiding in documentation, troubleshooting, and reporting tasks across various applications.