How do I Install VirtualBox 6.1 on Ubuntu 22.04|20.04|18.04?. VirtualBox 6.1 has been released with plenty of new features waiting for you to explore. VirtualBox is a powerful, feature-rich, high-performance and open source x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization solution for both home users and enterprise.
The following major new features were added:
- Implemented support for exporting a virtual machine to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
- User interface: greatly improved HiDPI and scaling support, including better detection and per-machine configuration
- Major rework of user interface with simpler and more powerful application and virtual machine set-up
- User interface: a new file manager enabling user to control the guest file system and copy files between host and guest.
- Graphics: major update of 3D graphics support for Windows guests, and VMSVGA 3D graphics device emulation on Linux and Solaris guests
- Added support for surround speaker setups (as used by Windows 10 Build 1809)
- Added utility vboximg-mount on Apple hosts to access the content of guest disks on the host
- Added support for using Hyper-V as the fallback execution core on Windows host, to avoid the inability to run VMs at the price of reduced performance
Check out the complete list of VirtualBox new features on Changelog for VirtualBox. Without further ado, let’s dive into the installation of VirtualBox 6.1 on Ubuntu 22.04|20.04|18.04
Step 1: Update your system
We always recommend you run latest stable versions of your installed packages. if you don’t want to upgrade any package, just update APT package index and skip the upgrade.
sudo apt update sudo apt -y upgrade [ -f /var/run/reboot-required ] && sudo reboot -f
Step 2: Import VirtualBox 6.1 apt repository GPG Keys
Add repository key
#Download curl https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox_2016.asc | gpg --dearmor > oracle_vbox_2016.gpg curl https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox.asc | gpg --dearmor > oracle_vbox.gpg #Install on system sudo install -o root -g root -m 644 oracle_vbox_2016.gpg /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/ sudo install -o root -g root -m 644 oracle_vbox.gpg /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/
Step 3: Add the VirtualBox 6.1 Repository on Ubuntu
Once the system is updated and Repository key imported, you can add VirtualBox Repository to it by running the commands below:
echo "deb [arch=amd64] http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian focal contrib" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list
echo "deb [arch=amd64] http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian $(lsb_release -sc) contrib" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list
Step 4: Install VirtualBox & Extension pack
Finally, install VirtualBox on your Ubuntu 22.04|20.04|18.04 system by running the commands:
sudo apt update sudo apt install linux-headers-$(uname -r) dkms sudo apt install virtualbox-6.1
Download VirtualBox Extension Pack. You can download it manually https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
Or with wget command line downloader
cd ~/ wget https://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/6.1.34/Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-6.1.34.vbox-extpack
Once the file is downloaded, install the extension pack by clicking on the Downloaded file.
Click install and wait for the installation to complete.
Step 5: Launching VirtualBox 6.1 on Ubuntu 22.04|20.04|18.04
Once VirtualBox is installed, you can launch it using the terminal or Desktop applications search.
From terminal, use:
The new user interface for VirtualBox interface looks like below:
You should now have the latest version of VirtualBox installed on your Ubuntu22.04|20.04|18.04 Linux system.