In this study, a boron-dipyrromethene (BODIPY)-based fluorescent chemosensor CBS was developed for metal ion sensing. It was found that CBS containing an NSe2 moiety exhibited high selectivity for Cu 2+ detection while CBS in the presence of Cu2+ displayed significant fluorescence enhancement. However, the metal ions Ag+, Ca2+, Co2+, Cr3+, Fe2+, Fe 3+, Hg2+, K+, Mg2+, Mn2+, Ni2+, Pb2+, and Zn2+ produced only minor changes in the fluorescence values of the system. The binding constant (K a) of Cu2+ binding to CBS was found to be 7.28 × 103 M-1. The binding ratio of CBS-Cu2+ complexes was determined from the Job plot to be 1:1. The maximum fluorescence enhancement caused by Cu2+ binding to CBS was observed over the pH range 5.0-9.0. Additionally, the methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium (MTT) assay demonstrated the CBS to have low cytotoxicity. Confocal fluorescence microscopy imaging using RAW264.7 cells showed that CBS could be used as an effective fluorescent probe for detecting Cu2+ in living cells.