VirtualBox

Ticket #4367 (new enhancement)

Opened 5 years ago

Last modified 5 years ago

Better folder sharing ideas

Reported by: jeromatron Owned by:
Priority: major Component: shared folders
Version: VirtualBox 3.0.0 Keywords:
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: other

Description (last modified by frank) (diff)

It took me some time to figure out how to do folder sharing with VMs and it seems from my research that I'm not the only one. Some suggest using a smb share if the host is a linux OS.

A couple of suggestions, though not sure how hard to implement:

  • Ease the mapping, possibly something automatic: Currently for windows guests, you have to share the folder as a temporary or fixed share. Then in addition to that you have to go into windows and create a mapped drive for that share. That second part I didn't know about because on the mac, from what I recall it maps the share automatically in parallels and vmware fusion.

It would be nice if something default could be done, like a share automatically created and a shortcut created on the desktop of the windows guest.

If not that, at least give information in the window that creates a share that additional steps are necessary to see the share on the guest, maybe a link to help or some verbiage in the window itself.

  • Be able to drag and drop files - in addition it would be nice to have a way to drag and drop files between guest and host transparently. Again, not sure how hard this is, but I recall that vmware fusion did that on the mac. It's extremely nice :).

Change History

comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by frank

  • Description modified (diff)

Both suggestions are on our TODO list. Though drag'n'drop is not that easy to implement.

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