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Clipboard Module

The Clipboard handles copy, cut and paste between Quill and external applications. A set of defaults exist to provide sane interpretation of pasted content, with the ability for further customization through matchers.

The Clipboard interprets pasted HTML by traversing the corresponding DOM tree in post-order, building up a Delta representation of all subtrees. At each descendant node, matcher functions are called with the DOM Node and Delta interpretation so far, allowing the matcher to return a modified Delta interpretation.

Familiarity and comfort with Deltas is necessary in order to effectively use matchers.



Adds a custom matcher to the Clipboard. Matchers using nodeType are called first, in the order they were added, followed by matchers using a CSS selector, also in the order they were added. nodeType may be Node.ELEMENT_NODE or Node.TEXT_NODE.


addMatcher(selector: String, (node: Node, delta: Delta) => Delta)
addMatcher(nodeType: Number, (node: Node, delta: Delta) => Delta)


quill.clipboard.addMatcher(Node.TEXT_NODE, function(node, delta) {
return new Delta().insert(;
// Interpret a <b> tag as bold
quill.clipboard.addMatcher('B', function(node, delta) {
return delta.compose(new Delta().retain(delta.length(), { bold: true }));


Inserts content represented by HTML snippet into editor at a given index. The snippet is interpreted by Clipboard matchers, which may not produce the exactly input HTML. If no insertion index is provided, the entire editor contents will be overwritten. The source may be "user", "api", or "silent".

Improper handling of HTML can lead to cross site scripting (XSS) and failure to sanitize properly is both notoriously error-prone and a leading cause of web vulnerabilities. This method follows React's example and is aptly named to ensure the developer has taken the necessary precautions.


dangerouslyPasteHTML(html: String, source: String = 'api')
dangerouslyPasteHTML(index: Number, html: String, source: String = 'api')


quill.clipboard.dangerouslyPasteHTML(5, '&nbsp;<b>World</b>');
// Editor is now '<p>Hello&nbsp;<strong>World</strong>!</p>';



An array of matchers can be passed into Clipboard's configuration options. These will be appended after Quill's own default matchers.

const quill = new Quill('#editor', {
modules: {
clipboard: {
matchers: [
['B', customMatcherA],
[Node.TEXT_NODE, customMatcherB]

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