Install VirtualBox 6 on Debian 11 | Debian 10

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In this guide, we will cover the installation of VirtualBox 6 on Debian 11 / Debian 10 Linux system. VirtualBox 6 is available for Windows and Linux users with plenty of new features. For those new to VirtualBox, it is a free to use and feature-rich Virtualization platform for x86 and AMD64/Intel64 systems.

For other platforms, refer to how to install VirtualBox on Ubuntu / CentOS / Fedora. Follow these few steps to install and enjoy VirtualBox on Debian 11|10 Desktop Linux distribution.

Step 1: Update your system

The first step is to ensure your system is updated.

sudo apt update && sudo apt -y upgrade

Reboot since there could be kernel updates.

[ -f /var/run/reboot-required ] && sudo reboot -f

Step 2: Import VirtualBox apt repository

Once the system is updated, import repository GPG key used for signing packages.

sudo apt -y install curl wget gnupg2 lsb-release
curl -fsSL|sudo gpg --dearmor -o /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/oracle_vbox_2016.gpg
curl -fsSL|sudo gpg --dearmor -o /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/oracle_vbox.gpg

Step 3:  Add the VirtualBox Repository

After the importation of GPG key, add VirtualBox repository to your system using the following commands.

echo "deb [arch=amd64] $(lsb_release -cs) contrib" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list

Step 4: Install VirtualBox & Extension pack

The final step is the actual installation of VirtualBox and extension pack which extends VirtualBox features.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install linux-headers-$(uname -r) dkms
sudo apt install virtualbox-6.1

Download Extension Pack:

cd ~/

You can also download it manually

Once the file is downloaded, install the extension pack by clicking on the Downloaded file.

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Click install and wait for the installation to complete.

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Step 5: Launching VirtualBox 6.1 on Debian 11 / Debian 10

Once VirtualBox is installed, you can launch it using the terminal or Desktop applications search.

$ virtualbox

You should now have the latest version of VirtualBox installed on your Debian 11 / Debian 10.


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