Windows terminal WSL copy-paste

Here are the steps to copy and paste in WSL Linux/bash terminals in Windows 11.

To copy text contents from a WSL window or Windows Terminal (wt)

To copy some text from a Windows Terminal WSL terminal window

Select the specific text to copy, then Press the Enter Key

Contents will be copied to the Windows clipboard. You may paste it into any text editor, email, web form, etc.

To paste text contents to a WSL window

To paste copied text in WSL terminal window

Mouse Right-Click

Note, whatever you have in your clipboard will be paster onto the terminal screen. If the clipboard is having multiline contents, all previous lines will get executed without any confirmation.

These steps are tested in Windows 10, with Ubuntu 20.04 WSL

Update 1 (May 2022): Recent versions of Windows Terminals / WSL screen support the generic copy-paste keyboard combinations, that is:

  • Ctrl + C to copy
  • Ctrl + V to paste.

Update 2 (July / 2022): The same works in Windows 11 & Ubuntu 22.04 as well.