9 Replies Latest reply on Nov 28, 2019 9:56 AM by DodgeDeBoulet

    Not able to copy paste from Host machine to VM

    anandgp Lurker

      Hi,

       

      I have Windows 10 64-bit laptop and I have installed -

      VMware® Workstation 12 Pro

      version:  12.5.9 build-7535481

      And a CentOS 7.4 virtual machine inside that.

       

      I am not able to copy paste files from my Host machine to the VM machine.  Can someone help me to configure this.

       

      Thanks,

      -Anand

        • 1. Re: Not able to copy paste from Host machine to VM
          anandgp Lurker

          Under VM settings -> Options -> Guest Isolation ->

          both enable drag & drop and copy & paste are ticked.  But still I am not able to copy and paste anything.

          • 2. Re: Not able to copy paste from Host machine to VM
            Scillonian Hot Shot

            Which edition and version of Windows 10 are you using? This question comes up often so you could try a search of the forum using the specific version and/or build of Windows 10 you have.

             

            Also, do you have VMware Tools installed in the Guest OS?

             

            Has drag/drop copy/paste ever worked?

            • 3. Re: Not able to copy paste from Host machine to VM
              anandgp Lurker

              Hi Scillonian,

               

              Thanks for your inputs.  Copy / paste is a very basic functionality but it is surprising that it depends on specific build of an o/s.  Anyways, below is my o/s detail -

               

              Actually I saw couple of posts on this topic but did not help much.  2nd post by me is based on one of the posts I saw, but that did not help me.

              And yes, copy / paste worked earlier (some 10 days back).  Not sure what caused this to stop !

               

              Thanks,

              -Anand

              • 4. Re: Not able to copy paste from Host machine to VM
                anandgp Lurker

                No, I have not installed VM tools in guest o/s.  What exactly I need to install?

                Copy paste was working initially around 10 days back when I installed VM (worked for few days).  After that I have not done any updates to VM or VMware. 

                • 5. Re: Not able to copy paste from Host machine to VM
                  anandgp Lurker

                  Guys.... It's reboot of VM system made copy / paste work !!!!!

                  And I read from the posts that, it is a known issue in VMware since age long !!!

                  • 6. Re: Not able to copy paste from Host machine to VM
                    mschuit Lurker

                    Copy paste gets broken some time(known to multiple systems/VM/versions).

                    As workaround to continue my task when that occurs I have a text file accessible for both Host and Guest and paste/save in there.

                    A program like Notepad++ will prompt for file reload on changes made on host or guest .

                    • 7. Re: Not able to copy paste from Host machine to VM
                      url8 Lurker

                      You have to use drag & drop for coping files to and from your VM, clipboard is only for text.

                      • 8. Re: Not able to copy paste from Host machine to VM
                        Kilroy_Bukowski Lurker

                        I have been fighting clipboard issues between host and guest for about a year now.  I had ubuntu18 host now converted to windows10 host to try to fix the issue as it seemed to be getting worse.  The clipboard worked for a day or two with win10 host and ubuntu 19 guest, brand new installs for both OS and then clipboard stopped working in less than a week. Reboot of host makes it work for about 5 minutes but it has since gotten worse.  Now there is absolutely zero collaboration ability between my guests/host with zero functionality of clipboard even after removing/reinstalling open-vm-ttols (VMWare suggestion for ubuntu) and removing and rebooting, reinstalling and rebooting, still no go.  Isolation tools are disabled. There are 100's of posts on the internet about this issue but appears to be zero answers from VMWare.  This software is almost worthless without clipboard and after a few days it will even kill my clipboard host to host, this is completely unsuitable for any project where the user needs stability and basic collaboration functionality between VM's. The problem continues to get worse and worse and worse. I have wasted dozens of hours working around collaboration issues, I have wasted dozens of hours trying to fix the problem, I have lost data during the reimages to try to fix it, everything yields a worthless piece of software in the end and a lot of wasted time and I paid for this product.  I dont know what the solution is but feeling like its going to have to be something other than VMWare.  Its a shame, such a simple basic feature but amazing how unusable a multi-vm system is without it, I might as well not even be running VM's.

                         

                        I guess I will post this on the 100 threads I can find about it and complain because thats the only option VMWare has left for me, absolute garbage.

                        • 9. Re: Not able to copy paste from Host machine to VM
                          DodgeDeBoulet Novice

                          You have to use drag & drop for coping files to and from your VM, clipboard is only for text.

                          Ah, no. I copy files with copy/paste from host to guest and vice versa all the time.