How to Install VirtualBox 5.0 In Ubuntu, Debian, Linux Mint, RHEL, CentOS and Fedora

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Virtual Machines are software that are used to run other operating systems within a pre-installed operating system. This self-contained OS runs as a separate computer that has no relation to the host OS. VirtualBox is an open source cross-platform software that can help you to run multiple guest operating systems on a single computer.

Recently, the latest stable version VirtualBox 5.0 was released by Oracle and it comes with tons of new features, that demand your immediate attention. According to the release changelog, the performance of guest OS has been improved using leveraged built-in visualization support. Before going through the installation instructions, let’s tell you more about what’s new in VirtualBox 5.0.

What are the new features in VirtualBox 5.0?

As mentioned earlier, the new paravirtualization support in Windows and Linux guest OS, improves the system performance and time-keeping accuracy by leveraging built-in visualization support. In VirtualBox 5.0, with the support of 256-bit data encryption, data can be now transparently encrypted on virtual disk images. New version supports USB 3.0 and it has can be configured for USB 3.0, 2.0, and 1.1 support. Some new set of CPU instructions is added for allowing guest OS to give better performance. Apart from all this, now you can “drag and drop” content between host and guests on all OS platforms.

Read the complete changelog in the official VB web page.

How to Install VirtualBox 5.0 In Ubuntu/Debian/Linux Mint

Before installing Virtual Box 5.0, uninstall any older version of VirtualBox from your system. Use the following command:

$ sudo apt-get remove virtualbox-4*

Now it’s time to install VirtualBox 5.0 by accessing the official VirtualBox 5.0 repo. Add the repo using following commands:

$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -cs) contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'
$ wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install virtualbox-5.0

Starting VirtualBox 5.0 in Ubuntu/Debian/Linux Mint

To start the VirtualBox 5.0 on your computer you need to hit the following command in the terminal, or simply launch from the menu.

# VirtualBox

How to Install VirtualBox 5.0 in Fedora/RHEL/CentOS

Before installing Virtual Box 5.0, uninstall any older version of VirtualBox from your system. Use the following command:

# yum remove VirtualBox-4*

To install VirtualBox 5.0, you need to add VirtualBox 5.0 repo on your system.

Adding VirtualBox 5.0 repository in RHEL/CentOS 7/6/5:

# cd /etc/yum.repos.d/
# wget

 Adding VirtualBox 5.0 repository in RHEL/CentOS 5:

# wget
# rpm -Uvh epel-release-5-4.noarch.rpm

Adding VirtualBox 5.0 repository in Fedora 22-12:

# cd /etc/yum.repos.d/
# wget

VirtualBox 5.0 Dependency Package installation:

# yum update
# yum install binutils qt gcc make patch libgomp glibc-headers glibc-devel kernel-headers kernel-devel dkms

Installing VirtualBox on Fedora/RHEL/CentOS:

After adding the needed repos and installing the dependency packages, now it’s time to hit the install command:

# yum install VirtualBox-5.0

Rebuilding VirtualBox 5.0 Kernel Modules:

Use following commands to create automatic vboxusers group and user:

# /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup
# service vboxdrv setup

Installing VirtualBox 5.0 Extension Packs:

Go to Virtualbox > Preferences > Extensions and find vbox-extpack to install the extension pack.

Did you find this tutorial helpful? Tell us in comments and feel free to ask if you faced any difficulty.

Also Read: Linux Windows Dual Boot and More: Multi-booting Up to Five OS

Adarsh Verma

Adarsh Verma

Fossbytes co-founder and an aspiring entrepreneur who keeps a close eye on open source, tech giants, and security. Get in touch with him by sending an email — [email protected]
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