Ubuntu: Copy/paste and drag&drop not working in vmware machine with Ubuntu


Suddenly copy/paste stoped working from/to windows8 host computer to/from ubuntu virtual machine. Ubuntu restart did not help. I tried command:

sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools  

But got report I have newest version. Guest Isolation settings are enabled. What could be scenario of fixing this problem?


I had the same problem and found that this can be fixed by executing the following commands:

  1. sudo apt-get autoremove open-vm-tools
  2. Install VMware Tools by following the usual method (Virtual Machine --> Reinstall VMWare Tools)
  3. Reboot the VM
  4. sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools-desktop
  5. Reboot the VM, after the reboot copy/paste and drag/drop will work!


This is copied verbatim from a vmware community forum:

  1. Go into VM / Settings / Options / Guest Isolation
  2. UNCHECK bothcheckboxes (Enable drag and drop, Enable copy and paste) and click OK.
  3. Shut down the guest, and shut down VMware Workstation
  4. Reboot the host computer
  5. Run VMware Workstation but do not launch the guest yet.
  6. Go into VM / Settings / Options / Guest Isolation for the guest, and
  7. CHECK both checkboxes
  8. Power On the guest.


I tried the approach suggested by solution101 above, but this didn't work for me.

I then did

1) sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools

2) sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools-desktop

3) restart the guest operating system

and this seems to have fixed the copy-and-paste issue for me.


You can't uncheck the checkboxes while the VM is running; they are disabled. If you do this when the VM is not running, there is no effect (VMWare Workstation 12 Pro).


The best and working solution is restarting your VMWare application (Workstation, Fusion, etc.), not the VM itself. (provided, of course, that you have installed the VMWare tools already.)

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