VirtualBox 6.0.4 Released — Here’s How to Install / Upgrade on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04

Since the release of VirtualBox 6.0, there have been two minor releases… The latest maintenance release (6.0.4) brings support for Shanghai/Zhaoxin CPUs, improvements to machine manager window, virtual optical disk creator, storage selector window and log viewer window and many more….

This brief tutorial shows you how to install / upgrade to VirtualBox 6.0.4 on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 and Ubuntu 18.10 systems…..

Besides support for Shanghai/Zhaoxin CPUs, there are also various small fixes and improvements to provide stability and performance for the software…

For more about this released, please check  its changelog page

VirtualBox software gets new updates very frequently on Windows and Linux systems… so if you want to consistently get these updates and newer versions when they become available, you’ll want to add its repository to your systems… doing that will make all future updates available to your systems immediately when they’re released…

Here’s a list of some of the major features included with this version:

  • Virtualization core: support Shanghai/Zhaoxin CPUs.
  • User interface: handle command line arguments to VirtualBox correctly
  • User interface: improvements to machine manager window, virtual optical disk creator, storage selector window and log viewer window
  • User interface: various small fixes and improvements
  • Audio: implemented time scheduling for the AC’97 device emulation to keep audio and video in sync
  • Graphics: basic support for VMSVGA graphics device in virtual machines using EFI
  • Network: fix occasional NATNet crashes
  • Network: worked around problems in certain PCnet drivers on old operating systems
  • Serial: fixed connecting to pseudo terminals on POSIX hosts (6.0.0 regression;
  • Linux hosts and guests: fix for building kernel modules against Linux 5.0.

To install or Upgrade VirtualBox software on Ubuntu, do the steps below:

Step 0: Install Prerequisites

Before installing VirtualBox 6.0.4, please install these packages below if your systems don’t already have them installed….

sudo apt update
sudo apt-get install gcc make linux-headers-$(uname -r) dkms

Step 1: Add VirtualBox Repository

If you want to always get the latest versions of VirtualBox when they become available, you’ll want to add its software repository to Ubuntu…

Run the commands below to add the repository key to your system…

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -
wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

After adding the repository key above, run the commands below to add VirtualBox package repository…

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc) contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

After that, run the commands below to update Ubuntu repositories..

Step 2: Installing VirtualBox

At this point, the Ubuntu system should be ready to install the latest version of VirtualBox…

First you may want to remove older 5.2 versions of the software if you’re still running it… to do that, run the commands below:

sudo apt remove virtualbox virtualbox-5.2

Finally, run the commands below to install the latest 6.0 (major) version of the software.

sudo apt update
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-6.0

After installing, go and lunch the app by going to the Activities overview and searching for it… and opening it…

VirtualBox 6.0 Ubuntu Install

Step 3: Install VirtualBox Extension Pack

After installing VirtualBox.. the next step will be to install the extension pack… to do that, go to its download page by clicking the link below… the select the supported extension for the current platform..

When prompted, select to open with Oracle VM VirtualBox (default)

VirtualBox 6.0 install

Then click Install

VirtualBox 6.0 Ubuntu install

Scroll down and accept the licensing terms and complete the installation…. when you’re done… you should have the latest version of VirtualBox installed after running the above commands… Now go to search for the package and launch it.

VirtualBox Ubuntu setup



You have successfully installed VirtualBox virtualization software on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 and 18.10… If you need more tutorials on Ubuntu, please check back later…

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