VirtualBox Major Update 6.1 Released — Install | Upgrade on Ubuntu 18.04

Oracle VirtualBox 6.1.0 (Major) update released with major new features, including importing virtual machines from Oracle Cloud, support for nested hardware-virtualization, new 3D style support and many more..

For the uninitiated, VirtualBox is a free and open-source hosted hypervisor software that allows you to run virtual machines with different operating systems which can be a great way for developers and admins to test app in different settings in virtualized environments.

For students and new users who want to install the latest on Ubuntu, the steps below should come in handy.

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…

For more about this released, please check  its changelog page

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

  • Linux host: Improve vboxweb systemd service dependency information
  • Linux host: Drop PCI passthrough, the current code is too incomplete (cannot handle PCIe devices at all), i.e. not useful enough
  • Linux host and guest: Support Linux 5.4
  • Linux host and guest: Force disabling of kernel module signing during build (user can do it afterwards)

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

Step 0: Install Prerequisites

Before installing VirtualBox 6.1, 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 add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64] $(lsb_release -cs) contrib"

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 the previous 6.0 version if you’re still running it… to do that, run the commands below:

sudo apt remove virtualbox virtualbox-6.0

Finally, run the commands below to install the latest 6.1 (major) version of the software.

sudo apt update
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-6.1

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

VirtualBox 6.1 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… then select the All supported platforms.

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

VirtualBox extension pack

Then click Install

VirtualBox extension pack 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.




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

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