This article describes how to read and write data from the clipboards using the R package clipr, which works well on Windows, OS X, and Unix-like systems.
Note that on Linux, you will need to install the system requirement, either
xsel. This can be done using for example
apt-get install xclip.
- Install from CRAN
- Load the package:
Copy any data into R
my_data <- read_clip() my_data
Copy data table from excel and import in R
read_clip_tbl() function will try to parse clipboard contents from spreadsheets into data frames directly.
Step 1. Copy the data from excel
Step 2. Import the data from the clipboard into R
my_data <- read_clip_tbl() my_data
## # A tibble: 11 x 6 ## name mpg cyl disp hp drat ## <chr> <dbl> <int> <dbl> <int> <dbl> ## 1 Mazda RX4 21 6 160 110 3.9 ## 2 Mazda RX4 Wag 21 6 160 110 3.9 ## 3 Datsun 710 22.8 4 108 93 3.85 ## 4 Hornet 4 Drive 21.4 6 258 110 3.08 ## 5 Hornet Sportabout 18.7 8 360 175 3.15 ## 6 Valiant 18.1 6 225 105 2.76 ## # … with 5 more rows
Write data from R to clipboard
Write a data frame
- Write the data to the clipboard:
- Paste the data into Excel:
ctrl + c
clipr returns the same object that was passed in.
res <- write_clip(c("Text", "for", "clipboard")) res
##  "Text" "for" "clipboard"
To capture the string that clipr writes to the clipboard, specify
return_new = TRUE. Character vectors with length > 1 will be collapsed with system-appropriate line breaks, unless otherwise specified
cb <- write_clip(c("Text", "for", "clipboard"), return_new = TRUE) cb
##  "Text\nfor\nclipboard"
cb <- write_clip(c("Text", "for", "clipboard"), breaks = ", ", return_new = TRUE) cb
##  "Text, for, clipboard"
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