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(This is the legacy documentation for stable SDL2, the current stable version; SDL3 is the current development version.)


Get UTF-8 text from the clipboard, which must be freed with SDL_free().


char * SDL_GetClipboardText(void);

Return Value

Returns the clipboard text on success or an empty string on failure; call SDL_GetError() for more information. Caller must call SDL_free() on the returned pointer when done with it (even if there was an error).


This functions returns empty string if there was not enough memory left for a copy of the clipboard's content.


This function is available since SDL 2.0.0.


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