Troubleshooting Kali VMware VM

Fix copy/paste, drag and drop with KDE desktop

This is for users of the Kali KDE desktop, within a VMware virtual machine. It is a known issue that copy/paste and drag and drop won’t work out of the box. As a workaround, it’s possible to disable the systemd user instance, and use KDE’s legacy boot mechanism instead. To do so, open a terminal and type the following command:

kali@kali:~$ kwriteconfig5 --file startkderc --group General --key systemdBoot false

As a verification, you can check that this command created the file ~/.config/startkderc with the following content:

kali@kali:~$ cat ~/.config/startkderc

Then logout and log back in: the issue should be fixed.

This issue has been reported upstream, one can have a look at the following places for more details:

Updated on: 2023-May-29
Author: arnaudr