Klipper/How to search in phone books using Klipper

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Klipper can search for a highlighted phone no. in telephone books in the world-wide-web, to look up the name of a given number in a convenient workflow, e.g:

+49 30-2023 7305-0

step 1 : mark above phone number and copy it to the Klipper clipboard of KDE.

step 2 : in Klipper, click the action we prepare below to see who owns that phone number.

step 3 : realize that it the result is sort of disappointing. need bugfix.

You can also highlight (mark with the mouse) any phone number in any application, e.g. on a web site.

Select search action

How is it done?

Klipper offers "actions" for it.

As precondition Klipper needs to be active and must be visible as a tray icon in the panel.

Call up the Settings dialog and add action:

Regular expression for action:


Now you need to add two commands for added action:

Command 1 (all on one line):

kfmclient openURL "http://www.dastelefonbuch.de/?pid=OpenSearch&cmd=search&kw=%s&le=de"

Description for command 1:

Phonebook search, Konqueror

Command 2 (all on one line):

ps x|grep -q '[f]irefox' && firefox -remote openURL\("http://www.dastelefonbuch.de/?pid=OpenSearch&cmd=search&kw=%s&le=de", new-window\) || firefox "http://www.dastelefonbuch.de/?pid=OpenSearch&cmd=search&kw=%s&le=de"

Description for command 2:

Phonebook search, Firefox

After that it should look like this:

Klipper actions

After highlighting a phone number on a web site a small window appears and you will be prompted to select an action. See screenshot at beginning of page.