Version 4.0.0 will be new major release. The following major new features were added:
-New settings/disk file layout for VM portability; see the manual for more information.
-Open Virtualization Format Archive (OVA) support; see the manual for more information.
-VMM: support more than 1.5/2 GB guest RAM on 32-bit hosts
-Language bindings: uniform Java bindings for both local (COM/XPCOM) and remote (SOAP) -invocation APIs
-Chipset: added support for the Intel ICH9 chipset with 3 PCI buses, PCI express and -Message Signaled Interrupts (MSI)
-Audio: Intel HD Audio is now available as guest hardware, for better support with modern -guest operating systems (e.g. 64-bit Windows; bug #2785).
-GUI: redesigned user interface with guest window preview
-GUI: new display mode with downscaled guest display
-Resource control: added support for limiting a VM's CPU time and IO bandwidth.
-Storage: support asynchronous I/O for iSCSI, VMDK, VHD and Parallels images
-Storage: support for resizing VDI and VHD images
-Windows Additions: support for automatically updating the Guest Additions (requires -installed Windows Guest Additions 4.0 or later)
-Guest Additions: support for copying files into the guest file system

What does the last line mean?
I thought this is a drag-drop file copy feature like VMWare.
I tried that. But I couldn't copy by drag-drop, ctrl-c ctrl-v either.

I mean VBox 4.0 beta, not 3.x
The release note is here.
Download link is here.

4 Answers 4


No, the current versions of VirtualBox (3.x) do not support file drag'n'drop between the host and the guest.

There is no additional information in the 4.0 release notes but it seems that they finally are implementing this feature.

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    I've already installed and used it. But it didn't work. You mean, in the official version(not beta), will the feature be shipped? I hope so.
    – Benjamin
    Dec 14, 2010 at 10:05

This won't work without the guest additions installed, and possibly you will need the Oracle VM Extension Pack installed as well (though I am not sure). Did you install all the extra goodies? Is this a brand-new installed-from-scratch virtual machine (what OS for host and guest) or is it one you already had available?

While this is still early in the public beta (have you tried beta 3 yet?), it is possible they haven't even turned on the feature yet. Have you tried asking your question in the official beta feedback forum, you might have better success there.

  • I have 4.1.8 with guest additions and the extension pack. Windows XP guest on a Windows XP host. Neither drag and drop file copy nor ctrl+c, ctrl+v work for copying files.
    – EricP
    Dec 30, 2011 at 18:24

Experimental drag and dropping between the Host and Guest is supposed to be enabled since version 4.2 of Virtualbox which is still in development. Currently RC3 is available.

You will need the latest Virtualbox Tools installed inside the Guest.


For the track record of Virtualbox DnD see here.


I think so, just installed VirtualBox 4.0, tried and checked the manual, no support for file drag-and-drop between the host and guest yet.

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