I have been using putty to connect to one of my client server,here the problem is that copy and paste doesn't work. When I was on windows it used to work and now I want the same thing on ubuntu 13.10.

  • you might try adding a SHIFT to your commands, so CTRL+SHIFT+C/V. That is how how copy pasting is done in the terminal. (I also don't see how you would need Putty in Ubuntu; you can simply ssh using a terminal) – Gerhard Burger May 22 '13 at 8:08
  • @GerhardBurger Haven't done it with the terminal.May be I need to check it out. – Sachin Prasad May 22 '13 at 8:55
  • @GerhardBurger BTW do you have any document I can refer to to do a SSH connection through the trnminal. – Sachin Prasad May 22 '13 at 9:01
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    it is very simple, if you want to connect to test.server.com you simply type ssh test.server.com in the terminal. The more advanced options are described in the man pages: manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/precise/man1/ssh.1.html – Gerhard Burger May 22 '13 at 9:09
  • @GerhardBurger Ah thanks a lot got it and sorry for the nobish question I'm bit new to ubuntu. – Sachin Prasad May 22 '13 at 9:12

You might try adding a Shift to your commands, so Ctrl+Shift+C / V. That is how copy pasting is done in the terminal (Ctrl+C is used to abort terminal commands). Alternatively you can try pasting by pressing Enter or the middle mouse button.

In Ubuntu, you may wish to consider not using PuTTY at all: you can simply ssh using a terminal. For example, if you want to connect to test.server.com, you could simply type:

ssh test.server.com 

If your username is different on the remote system, you can specify it by using this syntax:

ssh remote_username@remote_host

More advanced options are described in the man pages.


Ctrl+Shift+Insert for paste, worked for Ubuntu 12.04 and putty


I found that selecting (left click and drag) would copy, and middle mouse (tap down on scroll wheel) would paste. It worked for me, when adding the shift did not.

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    I am on ubuntu 15.10. Antonius' suggestion worked for me as well. – BustedSanta Feb 23 '16 at 13:34
  • I am on ubuntu 18.04. Antonius' suggestion worked for me as well. – M. Rostami Mar 1 '20 at 17:24

With the mouse left-click, hold, and drag cursor to select+copy text to clipboard. Paste with center mouse wheel/button.


You can configure the copy/paste behavior on Window → Selection as below.

Putty Dialog


On my Ubuntu 16 laptop, without a wheel mouse, I ran into lots of difficulties attempting to paste text into Putty, until I tried:

  1. copying the text in another application;
  2. leaving the text selected;
  3. shifting to the Putty window;
  4. clicking Shift+Insert

I used Ctrl and right click and it worked.

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