I want to quick paste some different strings using hotkeys. For example if I press Alt+L in any input form it works like if I pasted loremipsum. Or it may be some abbreviation, for example I enter li, press Tab and get loremipsum. Is it any software to do it?

I'm using Linux Mint with KDE desktop.

In Windows I could do it using AutoHotkey


You can use autokey-gtk

sudo apt-get install autokey-gtk

OR (my preferred solution) you can do that using xclip and xdotool:

sudo apt-get install xclip xdotool

Write a small bash script (e.g. paste_text.sh)

clip_content=$(xclip -selection "clipboard" -o)
echo "$1" | xclip -selection "clipboard"
sleep 0.1
xdotool key ctrl+v
echo "$clip_content" | xclip -selection "clipboard"

(You might need to increase the sleep-time. Maybe someone finds a better solution than sleep and comment)

then make it executable

chmod +x paste_text.sh

Then you can add as many keyboard shortcuts to the script as you wish

/path/to/paste_text.sh "your text"

(Inspired by the answers from here)

  • Thank you for answer and for link to answer about autokey-gtk, it looks very useful. I did not succeed to find it.
    – Pavel
    Jan 4 '17 at 14:30
  • It looks like running this script will erase the current contents of your clipboard. Jan 4 '17 at 15:13
  • 1
    that is true, it's using the standard clipboard. Maybe I should mention that. Ot better change the script so that it takes care <-- Done
    – pLumo
    Jan 4 '17 at 15:15

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