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I am not sure why there is so little clear information in the net about the issue:

I just want to copy (drag and drop) files between the Ubuntu 16.04 host and the Windows 7 client.

I expected this as a basic feature. But it does not work.

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  • This is not a 'basic feature', and I don't know what hypervisors provide that. When using KVM with spiceand QXLand have the drivers and vd-agent installed, you are able to copy/paste the clipboard and to have shared folders (see spice-space.org/features.html) – ridgy Feb 20 '17 at 12:08
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    VMware and Hyper-V support it. I can copy text between host and guest. But not files :/ – Thorsten Niehues Feb 20 '17 at 17:02
  • Related: askubuntu.com/questions/290668/… – Elder Geek Jun 14 '18 at 14:29
  • This is in fact possible with "Gnome Boxes", it offers drag and drop functionality with files. KVM unfortunately, does not. – Markus Bawidamann May 4 '20 at 0:25
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Work around #1

Create a samba share on the host.

Since client and host should be able to communicate via a virtual network interface - automatically - this is a very easy workaround.

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    This is NOT trivial at all and a very complicated way to do this. Compare this with drag and drop. – Markus Bawidamann May 4 '20 at 0:24
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This worked for me. I think it will also work for you.

  1. Download and install spice tool (spice-guest-tools-latest.exe) on your guest OS (Windows 7/8/10).

  2. Restart or shut down your guest OS (Windows 7/8/10).

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    Really? I'm sure you can share clipboard but not files (drag-and-drop) – MrCalvin Aug 17 '19 at 11:30

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