VirtualBox 6.0 is Out — Here’s How to Install / Upgrade on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 | 18.10

Oracle has released the much awaited VirtualBox 6.0 with boat load of changes and fixes, including support for exporting a virtual machine to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, a new file manager enabling user to control the guest file system and copy files between host and guest and more…

This brief tutorial shows you how to install / upgrade to VirtualBox 6.0 on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 and Ubuntu 18.10 systems…..

This release brings lots of bug fixes as well, and some major improvements… Windows systems now have support for surround speaker setups used in Windows 10 Build 1809, support for Hyper-V as the fallback execution core on Windows host, and more…

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:

  • 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 inability to run VMs at the price of reduced performance

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

Step 0: Install Prerequisites

Before installing VirtualBox 6.0, 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 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 -

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

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian $(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..

https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

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

Enjoy!

Conclusion:

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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6 Replies to “VirtualBox 6.0 is Out — Here’s How to Install / Upgrade on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 | 18.10

  1. Linux Mint Tara 19.0 or Tessa 19.1 is not in the contribution list,
    /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list entry must be changed to bionic

  2. Thank you for the upgrade information. VB has been a bit quirky in the past to most of us noobs. Your blog was very helpful!

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