I'm using Windows 8.1 and I want to copy text from my Windows (host) to Linux Mint in Oracle VirtualBox but I can't. I already picked "Bidirectional" for "drag n drop" and "shared clipboard" in the advanced settings, but I still can't copy and paste.

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    Do you have VirtualBox Guest Additions installed on Linux?
    – Oskar Skog
    Aug 31, 2020 at 6:34
  • how do i check?
    – Stranger
    Aug 31, 2020 at 7:45

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If you have the contrib repository enabled in Linux Mint, the vbox guest addition may be available there for you to install using apt. That's the best way to be installed.

So, try:

sudo apt install virtualbox-guest-x11 in terminal. If that won't work check your repos for contrib.

I'm not certain if they are available on all versions of Linux Mint, you didn't mention version.

If the package is not there, you should first install some other packages, sudo apt install build-essential dkms linux-headers-$(uname -r) and then follow the advice, in the VM window, click on the Devices menu and select Insert Guest Additions CD Image. Then mount the cd, and execute sudo /{path of mounted cd image}/VBoxLinuxAdditions.run.

I may be missing something on the latter, if you search the net you'll find lots of links.

  • Could not mount the media/drive 'C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxGuestAdditions.iso' (VERR_PDM_MEDIA_LOCKED). Kode Hasil: E_FAIL (0x80004005) Komponen: ConsoleWrap Antar Muka: IConsole {872da645-4a9b-1727-bee2-5585105b9eed} Pemanggil: IMachine {b2547866-a0a1-4391-8b86-6952d82efaa0}
    – Stranger
    Sep 1, 2020 at 7:17
  • Im using linux mint Cinnamon 19.3. i installed the packages.but when i clicked Insert Guest Additions cd image this Error Poped
    – Stranger
    Sep 1, 2020 at 7:20
  • Media locked, apparently some other cd/dvd is inserted to VM's virtual cd drive. Vbox tries to eject it; in Linux this is not allowed, it must be unmounted first. To be sure, shutdown the VM, empty any cd from drive (either iso, or virtual drive connected to physical drive) and start it. Then the virtual additions iso should inserted.
    – Krackout
    Sep 1, 2020 at 13:06
  • The 1st proposal, sudo apt install virtualbox-guest-x11 didn't work? If it did, you don't need the rest.
    – Krackout
    Sep 1, 2020 at 13:07

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