I am trying to copy paste text between Windows Remote Desktop and Linux Ubuntu Server LTS 14.04 with Mate Desktop.

I have seen several posts that mention killing the rdpclip.exe process (on Windows) and restarting it. I can only imagine this pertains to an old version since rdpclip.exe isn't even running and I can copy paste between Windows machines just fine. However to test the idea, I started the rdpclip.exe program but this did not have any effect.

I also made sure that the clipboard is checked for my remote desktop connection.

In case it's relevant, I setup remote desktop by first installing the Mate 2D Desktop and then installing XRDP.

I am using Windows 8.1 64-bit to remote into the machine.

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    Kudos to you for manually trying to set this kind of thing up. I don't know if it's an option for what you're trying to accomplish but I've always used a sweet program called Synergy. synergy-project.org/…
    – user431052
    May 15, 2015 at 14:24
  • Synergy looks like a cool product! If I had an extra monitor to spare for my server, I would shoot for it. The Windows Remote Desktop took awhile to figure out as far as connecting to Ubuntu but it works really well other than the fact that I can't copy paste text back and forth which really slows me down. May 15, 2015 at 14:29

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You can try WinSCP and create a ssh connection to the Linux machine. You can also share a folder on either the Linux or Windows machine and give them both access.


I had the same problem and I couldn't solve it. So, that's not exactly an answer to the problem in question, but I used pastebin.com to be able to share text between servers.

  • Please don't leave answers stating that you have the same problem as the one described in the question. If you have sufficient reputation, you may upvote the question. Alternatively, "star" it as a favorite and you will be notified of any new answers.
    – DavidPostill
    Feb 25, 2017 at 13:20
  • Sorry, but using pastebin.com is a way to circumvent the problem. So I'm not just stating I had the same problem. I'll leave the answer as it may help other people. Feb 25, 2017 at 13:51

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