Welcome to the Treehouse Community

Want to collaborate on code errors? Have bugs you need feedback on? Looking for an extra set of eyes on your latest project? Get support with fellow developers, designers, and programmers of all backgrounds and skill levels here with the Treehouse Community! While you're at it, check out some resources Treehouse students have shared here.

Looking to learn something new?

Treehouse offers a seven day free trial for new students. Get access to thousands of hours of content and join thousands of Treehouse students and alumni in the community today.

Start your free trial


Click the button and the text should copy to clipboard

How we can do so, that whenever someone clicks on the button.

That text should be copied to the clipboard.

What is this for? Part of a course or personal use?

2 Answers

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,982 Points

Apparently, not all browsers support this in the same way. But I found this article that discusses various options for doing what you want.

There's also a "clipboard" package you can install with npm or just download as a .zip file.

Dane Parchment
Dane Parchment
Treehouse Moderator 11,075 Points

You can use the document.execCommand() method to accomplish the goal that you are looking to do.

I recommend that you read through that documentation link above and then see if you can implement it yourself before checking the example I place below!


<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="ie=edge">
    <button id="copy-button">Copy</button>
    <textarea id="copy-area">Click the copy button to copy the text here and then you can paste it back or wherever you like!</textarea>
    <p id="debug-text"></p>
    <script src="./index.js"></script>


p#debug-text {
    font-style: italic;
    color: navy;


const copyButton = document.querySelector("#copy-button");
const copyArea = document.querySelector("#copy-area");
const debugText = document.querySelector("#debug-text");
let copiedText = "";

copyButton.addEventListener("click", (e) => {

    try {
        copiedText = document.execCommand("copy");
        debugText.textContent = "You have successfully copied the text and can now paste it!";
    }catch(err) {
        debugText.textContent = "The text was not able to be succesfully copied!";

Here is the code in action on codepen! Now as Steven said, this may not work on all browsers (hence the try catch)!

It worked in firefox and chrome but it did not work with IE11.

Dane Parchment
Dane Parchment
Treehouse Moderator 11,075 Points

Hence why I said it won't work on all browsers, some like IE handle it differently, but I honestly do not have the time to write a program for someone for every browser out there, so I gave them a baseline to work off of, and a link to documentation, while Steven has provided them with an article with even more information.

I had also assumed that Sumit was rather new to JavaScript (seeing as he only has 30pts on TeamTreehouse) so, I was treating him under the assumption that he wouldn't know NPM or NodeJs or how to use external libraries. Unfortunately to my own knowledge execCommand is the only way I know how to do copying in JavaScript.

After re-reading my comment it seems like I was rather harsh in that response, if you felt that way I sincerely apologize.

I could have been more clear in my comment but I understood that you were not making the claim that it would work in every browser.

I was simply letting sumit know which ones worked and didn't work of the ones that I tried.

Dane Parchment
Dane Parchment
Treehouse Moderator 11,075 Points

Ah, I see....out of curiosity, do you know of any way to make it work in IE?

No, I've never had a reason to do this. Maybe the sitepoint article Steven linked to has a way to do it.