Oracle VirtualBox shared clipboard

Oracle VM VirtualBox is a virtualization software package. It is really useful to run several OS simultaneously. And great educational tool.

One useful feature not enabled by default is possibility to copy/paste between host and guest (also called shared clipboard).

To benefit from that feature first you need to have guest additions installed.

Once you install them go to Virtual Machine settings:

  1. Click on Machine(1) then Settings(2). Result will be similar to below, but focused on Basic.
    vbox-settings
  2. Choose Advanced Tab(1). There you will see Shared Clipboard setting(2). By default it is set to Disabled.
    vbox-shared clipboard

You have option to allow Bidirectional; From Host to Guest or Guest to Host.

My preferred is Bidirectional. In this way data could be transferred in both directions.

That is all…

Enjoy

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