I am running VirtualBox 4.1.4 on my Windows 7 laptop, running an Ubuntu 11.10 guest.
I would like to copy text from Ubuntu's terminal and paste it into a file on the Windows host. This doesn't work for some reason.
Go to VirtualMachine's Settings->General->Advanced->Shared Clipboard (Bidirectional)
Reboot your virtual machine.
for me it solved the problem (it was set on Disabled), I had some machines working some not, so i checked settings in working ones they had bidirectional clipboard. Dont know if this was upgrade issue or... just double check your shared clipboard options.
Hope this helps someone.
VirtualBox V 4.1.20
Start your VM then install Virtualbox Guest Addition
You can find this option under "Devices" on virtual box 4.2 or you can follow the explanations at How do I install Guest Additions in a VirtualBox VM?
I had to do four steps:
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-guest-dkms virtualbox-guest-utils virtualbox-guest-x11
You could use Pastebin.com if you have access to the Internet.
I marked some text from firefox and tried to paste it into a terminal and it didn't work. I had guest additions installed, and also enabled bidirectional copy and paste and it still didn't work, but now I found the reason.
Apparently when I marked the text in firefox, additional information is also stored like the font and style. The terminal can not interpret this, so it doesn't seem to accept it. I pasted the text into a plain text editor (notepad++ in my case) then selected the text again and copied it. Now when I pasted it into the terminal it worked.
So this can also be a reason why copy&paste doesn't work, even if everything is correctly setup.
Using VirtualBox 4.3.12 with Ubuntu 14.04 x64 as the guest.
For some reason I was not able to copy from my WindowsXP VM in VirtualBox to Ubuntu. However, I solved the problem by enabling a shared folder.
You can do that by going to
Devices > Shared Folders > Shared Folder Settings in the alt menu on the VM window. After you set up a folder in the host, you can access it inside the VM in
My Network Places: