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Tutorial – Installing/Setup VirtualBox on Linux [Ubuntu/LinuxMint/Fedora/OpenSUSE/ArchLinux etc]


VirtualBox is the most widely used Virtual Machine emulator today, be it Windows or MAC OS or Linux . The Widespread availability of VirtualBox for all Platforms is its plus point , it allows to run and install multiple guest Operating on our base [host] OS without the need of formatting or dual-booting . VirtualBox is also required by loads of third-party tools such as Android Emulators,Machine renderers as the basic dependency layer . The installation process of VirtualBox on Linux can become tedious at times, we will try to simplify it as much as possible in this post.

Installing VirtualBox on Linux

  •  The easiest method to install virtualBox on linux is by downloading the .deb or .rpm packages available corresponding to your distro from the VirtualBox Downloads page from here –> [LinuxMint users should select Ubuntu based packages as LinuxMint packages are similar to Ubuntu]
  • https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads.
  • If you are facing problems on which distro or build , you should download – Simply Navigate to  – System Settings -> Details and you’ll see the OS type , as shown in the figure –  
  • Now, double click the .deb or .rpm package downloaded.
  • Now depending upon your OS type, it will either open the default package manager of your system, “e.x Ubuntu App Center fot Ubuntu” where in you have to click install or it will directly  start installling !
  • If incase, the default packages provided by VirtualBox don’t work for you, you can even install VirtualBox through terminal by if yum is your default package manager, you can even use terminal to install by typing the command  –
    yum install VirtualBox-4.3
  • Or if you are Ubuntu/LinuxMint/any other Ubuntu based distro user, you can use
    sudo apt-get install virtualbox”  to install VirtualBox.
  • Thus,  you have installed VirtualBox on your Machine, if the above discussed methods don’t work for you, please comment with the error code, we will be happy to help you out! :) and get VirtualBox installed .


  1. John Prosise November 20, 2014

    Ubuntu 12.04 responded to “sudo apt-get install virtualbox” with the complaint, “Package ‘virtualbox’ has no installation candidate” — Suggestions?

    1. Chaitanya November 20, 2014

      Hello John, Virtualbox has now provided directly downloadable .rpm packages, they are available in the downloads section, did you try those ?

  2. Kenn May 6, 2015

    E: Unable to locate package virtualbox-4.3
    E: Couldn’t find any package by regex ‘virtualbox-4.3’ ?? whats wrong??

  3. Rahul Holani May 29, 2015

    virtualbox-4.3 has no installation candidate

    1. Sam Q July 17, 2015

      Just do yum install virtualbox

    2. Sam Q July 17, 2015

      Sorry, Its rather yum install VirtualBox. The V and B are uppercase

  4. Naren January 8, 2016

    It says “No package Virtualbox5.0 available.” Please provide me with a solution asap .

  5. Jitendra Singh January 11, 2017

    Stopping VirtualBox kernel modules [ OK ]
    * Starting VirtualBox kernel modules * No suitable module for running kernel found
    m using mint 17.03 version, i followed all step by step no missed any step then i got this massage why please tell me

  6. acamar April 18, 2017

    virtuelbox can’t start !!..:(

    1. acamar April 18, 2017


  7. Ahmad October 19, 2017

    sudo apt-get install virtualbox

    works for me ..

  8. Landon Brungard March 20, 2018

    Hi! So I’ve been trying this out on Raspbian(Debian Stretch Based OS) And for when i DC the deb file it goes for like a quarter second and says Failed to install file A package could not be found for the operation complete. I tried Ubuntu directions and it says that it has no installation canidate and I dont have yum on my system


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