I use my mac connected to a remote server (Windows 2008) by Microsoft Remote Desktop beta, and in the remote server I use the WMware workstation created a virtual machine (CentOS 7.2).

In the virtual machine how can I paste my copy in the terminal?

I have tested use:command + V, Control +V, fn + command + V, ....and so on, can not paste success.

  • Tried middle click or right click? Both can be defined for copying (middle click e.g. in Linux MINT Distribution and right click e.g. in the PuTTy Tool)
    – ADDB
    May 30, 2017 at 10:30
  • I’m voting to close this question because it involves two non-Linux boundaries that need correct configuration for the desired operation to work. It should probably be asked on SuperUser instead.
    – AdminBee
    Nov 9, 2022 at 12:39

1 Answer 1


Depending on the terminal the following might work:

  • middle mouse click
  • right click
  • ctrl + shift + v
  • command + shift + v

Make sure to set the virual machine to allow shared/bidirectional clipboard in VMware. The shortcuts should be active in the OS you have focused, i.e. the one that is trapping all your keystrokes.

  • I tested all, do not work for me. May 30, 2017 at 12:42
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    Well, you have two walls where it could fail: the windows remote connection and the VMware connection. I would test each separately.
    – Hugo G
    May 30, 2017 at 12:48

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