VirtualBox – Copy Paste Not working (Debian)

Even though you have set bidirectional for the option Shared Clipboard in settings ( under General –>Advanced ) some times it will not work. The following steps fixed this issue for me.

In the guest OS do the following :

  1. update source.list file
  • enable the contrib repositories; e.g. for Debian 8, make sure your /etc/apt/sources.list contains something like
    deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian jessie main contrib

2.  Install guest addition software.


apt-get update
apt-get install virtualbox-guest-dkms

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