This page describes how to back up tabs, configuration and commands in CopyQ.

Back Up All Data Automatically on Exit

You can use command that backs up all items, tabs and settings after exit.

To install the command see the description in the repository.

Back Up Manually

To back up all the data, exit the application first and copy the configuration directory and the data directory.

Path to the configuration is usually:

  • Windows: %APPDATA%\copyq

  • Portable version for Windows: config sub-folder in unzipped application directory

  • Linux: ~/.config/copyq

Path to the data is usually:

  • Windows: %APPDATA%\copyq\items

  • Portable version for Windows: items sub-folder in unzipped application directory

  • Linux: ~/.local/share/copyq/copyq/items

To copy the configuration path to clipboard from CopyQ:

  1. Open Action dialog (F5 shortcut).

  2. Enter the command:

dir = Dir(info('config') + '/..')
  1. Click OK dialog button.

To copy the data path, change 'config' to 'data'.

To restore the backup, exit the application and replace the configuration directory.


Before making or restoring back up, always exit CopyQ (don’t only close the main window).

Export and Import

You can easily export selected tabs and optionally configuration and commands within the application.


Tabs are always exported unencrypted and if a tab is synchronized with directory on disk the files themselves won’t be exported.

To export the data click “Export…” in “File” menu and select what to export, confirm with OK button and select file to save the stuff to.

To restore the data click “Import…” in “File” menu, select file to import and select what to import.


Import won’t overwrite existing tabs and commands but create new ones.

Alternatively you can use command line for export and import everything (selection dialogs won’t be opened).

copyq exportData {FILE/PATH/TO/EXPORT}
copyq importData {FILE/PATH/TO/IMPORT}