I would like to be able to paste local clipboard text into a remote VNC session via simulated keystrokes, as opposed to direct transfer of clipboard contents.

Why? I am using Veency VNC server on my iPhone and it does not appear to support VNC's clipboard synchronization. I just need to be able to paste text. Since I can use the local keyboard to type text into the remote session, I assume it should be pretty straight-forward to simulate keystrokes to paste clipboard text.

  • "I assume it should be pretty straight-forward to simulate keystrokes to paste clipboard text." Then why are you asking us? ;) What have you tried already? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Nov 23 '15 at 19:21
  • I've tried nothing, and I'm all out of ideas. Well I did try a google search for 10 minutes and didn't find a quick solution, but point taken. – logidelic Nov 23 '15 at 21:40

I needed the same and I found a solution good enough for me. I need to work with some systems via Remote Desktop where clipboard sharing is disabled in policy on the remote server and I needed to use my scripts there. For me the solution is RoboTask - even the free Lite version is good enough. http://robotask.com/download/

Specifically, create a task in RoboTask lite and add the following actions:

  1. Get Text
  2. Send keys to active window

Then choose a Triggering Event (I chose Shift+Ctrl+Ins).


  • Why does this software solve the problem? Additionally I may have misunderstood you but the OP is asking about VNC solutions and you seem to be using RDC... – Burgi Jun 24 '16 at 10:30
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    The Robotask "presses keys", no matter where you want them to be pressed - whether in VNC or RDP. – user606402 Jul 19 '16 at 10:38
  • And this works on iOS does it? The OP is using a VNC client on his iPhone. – Burgi Jul 19 '16 at 10:49
  • Just want to say a (very late) thanks. I ended up using RoboTask Lite and it does the job just fine. I've edited your answer (pending peer review) to include the exact steps needed for the task. – logidelic Jul 26 '16 at 15:27

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