I have a non-graphical Ubuntu installed inside VirtualBox under Windows.
I've installed VBoxGuestAdditions (and enabled bidirectional Drag'n'Drop - for the hell of it).

However, none of the following will paste to the guest OS:

  • Shift+Ins
  • Ctrl+v
  • Ctrl+Shift+v
  • Pressing right-click and left-click simultaneously (this emulates a middle-click on my laptop's two keys touch-pad).

What are the sequences for mouse/keyboard cut-and-paste in non-graphical Ubuntu under VirtualBox?


  • VirtualBox: 4.3.12 r93733
  • VBoxGuest: 4.3.12
  • Guest OS: Linux ubuntu 3.13.0-32-generic #57~precise1-Ubuntu SMP x86_64
  • Host OS: Windows 7

After extensive research, seems this issue has no straightforward solution.
However, forums.virtualbox.org member loukingjr suggested this cleaver workaround:

I recommend installing ssh server, then connecting to the VM with the SSH client of your choice, e.g. PuTTY - this offers not only easy cut&paste, but also a resizable text console and other goodies. – Eugen Rieck

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