Drag and Drop in VirtualBox?

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Drag and Drop in VirtualBox?

Postby reiner1992 » 16. Sep 2007, 12:08

Is it possible to include Drag and Drop feature in the next version/next bug fix (1.5.2) of VirtualBox?
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Postby newhere123 » 18. Sep 2007, 18:52

I second this suggestion. It would be very nice to be able to drag a file from one OS the the other.
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Postby atomica » 29. Feb 2008, 16:43

I also hope this will be implemented. This is the only function that I miss from Microsoft Virtual PC.

Although sharing folders makes it easy to copy over files, nothing beats drag and drop.

Thanks!
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Re: Drag and Drop in VirtualBox?

Postby einsiol » 25. Mar 2009, 15:32

Yes, I think this is one of the features VirtualBox needs to keep in cobatition with the other Virtual Programs.

If this would work for Windows vs. UNIX/UNIX-like, this would be come (for me) the best Virtual Program out there :)
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Re: Drag and Drop in VirtualBox?

Postby cabr1to » 1. Apr 2009, 21:42

Currently I am using a shared folders which works well enough. I just mount "P:" in my guest Windows XP session to point to a "Public" folder in my home dir. That said, ever since switching host systems from Ubuntu to Mac OS X (on a rather beefy MB Pro) this has been noticeably slower. Also, every so often I have a client that requires a draconian VPN connection which shuts down this link.

I found this bug ticket #81 in the feature requests:

http://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/81

Seems there's been some new activity on this front. Perhaps you might ask there for an update? I'm holding out that I won't have to shell out $100 for Parallels...
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Re: Drag and Drop in VirtualBox?

Postby Vjekoslav » 29. Apr 2010, 15:57

i think that is not so hard to make. i have an idea how it can be done. i put c:\document and setting\user_name\desktop on share(on virtual pc) and allow net user to write on it.the i simple on main pc map that network map and now i can simply drop it in my virtual windows 7. now i know that can be simply add to virtual box guest additions .i try to make it but the problem is i don't now virtual box source so good to make it acctual drag and drop effekt .i hope i hellp someone.and guys sorry for my poor?2 english im from croatia :) :) :) :) :)
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Re: Drag and Drop in VirtualBox?

Postby joe57 » 16. May 2010, 13:36

I strongly support requests for having drag & drop capabilities in VB. This is a dark black area since years for VB. All other virtualization platforms like VMWARE and VirtualPC support this for a very long time. I don't understand this ignorance on the VB development side. In the meantime this is a must for any serious virtualization software if it is expected to be used within the typical end user community - this is the majority of users!
Missing the drag & drop features is a major drawback for a otherwise excellent product!

I really recommend to have a reevaluation on the current development priorities. I am also very interested what other things about this feature as a high priority candidate for the next VB release.
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Re: Drag and Drop in VirtualBox?

Postby joulesbeef » 17. May 2010, 20:05

yeah what is this 2010? are their patents or something?
I love Virtual Box.. I think it would be the best VM there is.. but in my book it is the worst, without drag and drop.


It's just silly at this point for it to not having it.


I keep trying it again.. hoping one day yall will add it. but at last, no.

I can not recommend this product or use this product without the minimal functionality that people have come to expect.
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Re: Drag and Drop in VirtualBox?

Postby twistedlincoln » 19. May 2010, 17:01

I'd love to see this feature! It would especially be great when using Seamless mode, as the file manager in the Guest OS could operate as it would normally.
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Re: Drag and Drop in VirtualBox?

Postby djtomr941 » 19. May 2010, 20:04

This would be a good feature. If the Host is Windows and Guest is Windows use SMB. If it is Windows to Linux or vice/versa, install SMB as part of the VBox tools. If it is OSX/Linux/Solaris to eachother, you can use scp but you could as easily use SMB. (yes I know, a windows protocol).
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Re: Drag and Drop in VirtualBox?

Postby Technologov » 21. May 2010, 22:40

Developers say, that it is very hard for them to do it. (Huihong Luo said this)

But me too, would really like to see this feature.
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Re: Drag and Drop in VirtualBox?

Postby sej7278 » 21. May 2010, 23:22

drag'n'drop was the feature i most hated about vmware, it was truly awful and was slow as hell.

just use scp/smb/nfs/ftp, its not hard and performs better, or even use a usb drive!

i'd much rather the devs work on other features than drag'n'drop - i don't even use the shared clipboard for copy'n'paste.
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Re: Drag and Drop in VirtualBox?

Postby Onlyme » 25. May 2010, 14:22

We currently purchase 6 licenses in my department, and 40+ licenses throughout my company of VMware. Drag and Drop is the only thing that is stopping us from making the switch to VirtualBox. With the way that we do things when working with VMware, switching to shared drives would be too time consuming and inconvenient. Drag and Drop was used by me yesterday alone over 100 times as I worked with 5 different VMs.
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Re: Drag and Drop in VirtualBox?

Postby sej7278 » 25. May 2010, 15:24

Onlyme wrote:We currently purchase 6 licenses in my department, and 40+ licenses throughout my company of VMware. Drag and Drop is the only thing that is stopping us from making the switch to VirtualBox. With the way that we do things when working with VMware, switching to shared drives would be too time consuming and inconvenient. Drag and Drop was used by me yesterday alone over 100 times as I worked with 5 different VMs.


i don't think i do anything 100 times a day - what do you do that much to make it a killer feature?

i think you need to automate your work a lot more if you have to copy files using the mouse 100 times a day!

don't forget that drag'n'drop like shared folders would require guest additions, cifs/nfs don't.
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Re: Drag and Drop in VirtualBox?

Postby varu0612 » 29. May 2010, 16:19

I'd love to have this feature!! 8)
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