How do I Install VirtualBox 6.1 on Ubuntu 20.04/18.04/16.04 & Debian 10/9?. 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.
VirtualBox 6.1 New Features
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 20.04/18.04/16.04 & Debian 10/9.
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 sudo reboot
Step 2: Import apt repository
Add repository key
wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox_2016.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add - wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
Step 3: Add the VirtualBox Repository
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 eoan contrib" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list
Ubuntu 18.04/16.04 & Debian 10/9:
echo "deb [arch=amd64] http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian $(lsb_release -sc) contrib" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list
Step 4: Install VirtualBox & Extension pack
Finally, install VirtualBox on your Ubuntu 20.04/18.0416.04 | Debian 10/9 system by running the commands:
sudo apt update sudo apt install linux-headers-$(uname -r) dkms sudo apt-get install virtualbox-6.1
Download Extension Pack:
cd ~/ wget https://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/6.1.6/Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-6.1.6.vbox-extpack
You can also download it manually https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
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 / Debian
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 Ubuntu 10.04/18.04/16.04 & Debian 10/9 system.
Ready to start using VirtualBox?, check our guides below: