In the past, I have been able to copy and paste text between Windows and Linux remote desktop sessions.

Now for some reason, I cannot do this. I would like to regain this functionality, how might I do that?

I am using Remmina for my remote desktop connection.


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I too am experiencing this in Ubuntu 15.04, for now, all I can do is direct you to the bug I reported: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/remmina/+bug/1439478

Update: I ultimately solved this by installing a newer version this way:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:remmina-ppa-team/remmina-next ; sudo apt-get update ; sudo apt-get install remmina remmina-plugin-rdp

After doing this, it may require a reboot.

  • Cool, I reported it. hey there is a new version. Ill try that. Or maybe Ill go back to an older version. github.com/FreeRDP/Remmina/downloads
    – j0h
    Apr 2, 2015 at 20:00
  • I also had to manually upgrade libfreerdp-plugins-standard; for some reason the dependencies weren't properly set in the packages: sudo apt-get install libfreerdp-plugins-standard
    – bmaupin
    Aug 12, 2015 at 14:21
  • Copy pasting text to and from host Ubuntu and remote Windows is working with RDP. But I cannot copy paste image from host Ubuntu to Office running on remote Windows. Does this need some more configuration / installation?
    – Maha
    Feb 22 at 16:32

It's not a solution, but if you don't have time to install anything, reboot, or investigate what's going on:

Close session, restart Remmina and open session again.

It worked for me.

  • 1
    Worked for me too, odd...
    – Morten
    Feb 8, 2019 at 12:38
  • did not work for me :(
    – Michael
    Mar 26, 2020 at 18:01

Ok, I was reading the README in the new source code. I got to the line were it says: install dependencies:

$ sudo apt-get install cmake intltool   libgtk-3-dev libssh-dev libavahi-ui-gtk3-dev libvte-2.90-dev libxkbfile-dev 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
cmake is already the newest version.

Suggested packages:
  autoconf2.13 autoconf-archive gnu-standards autoconf-doc libtool
  libgtk-3-doc libssh-doc
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  autoconf automake autotools-dev intltool libatk-bridge2.0-dev
  libavahi-client-dev libavahi-common-dev libavahi-glib-dev libavahi-ui-gtk3-0
  libavahi-ui-gtk3-dev libdbus-1-dev libgtk-3-dev libssh-dev libssl-dev
  libssl-doc libvte-2.90-dev libvte-2.90-doc libwayland-dev libxkbcommon-dev
0 upgraded, 20 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 4,839 kB of archives.
After this operation, 28.4 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] Y

Once I installed that, I tested the old version I am currently using, Remmina runs, (as it did) but copy paste functionality has resumed.

The source for version 1 still failed to compile, that's a bummer, but as long as i can copy and paste in a relatively new version, I'm ok with this solution. Try it if you like.

  • Package libvte-2.90-dev is not available, but is referred to by another package. This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is only available from another source E: Package 'libvte-2.90-dev' has no installation candidate
    – GGEv
    Sep 19, 2019 at 8:51
  • For me (Linux Mint 18.03) libvte-dev did the trick. Mar 11, 2020 at 16:42

This is not a direct solution for the question but a work around I use I've shared a folder between host computer and remote server using SambaShare there I keep a text file always open at both places basically to copy anything from one another. If nothing works this maybe a good one instead of typing manually.

  • This is something I've had to do when connecting to some Windows Server instances through Remmina. It's ugly, but it works in a pinch ...
    – matigo
    May 24, 2021 at 1:59

When a new connection is being created in REMMINA, selecting the RDP protocol, a shared folder can be enabled, during configuration, in this way the remote computer can view it as a network drive and files can be copied and pasted from this unit shared, no need to install additional software.

I hope this information is useful.


  • 1
    the example looks to me like an image with only white pixels in it.
    – Michael
    Apr 25 at 21:38

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