When the user asks to paste data from the Clipboard, you should request a specific format and provide a callback method which will be called with the actual data. For instance:

void ExampleWindow::on_button_paste()

Here is an example callback method:

void ExampleWindow::on_clipboard_received(Glib::RefPtr<Gio::AsyncResult>& result)
  auto text = get_clipboard()->read_text_finish(result);
  //Do something with the pasted data.

18.3.1. Discovering the available formats

To find out what formats are currently available on the Clipboard for pasting, call the get_formats() method. Then call a Gdk::ContentFormats method to find out if a format that your application supports is available.