How To Install VirtualBox on AlmaLinux 8

Install VirtualBox on AlmaLinux 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install VirtualBox on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, VirtualBox is a free and open-source hosted hypervisor for x86 virtualization, developed by Oracle Corporation. VirtualBox can run on Linux, Windows, macOS, and Solaris. It is an alternative to proprietary hypervisor VMware workstation and Kernel Virtual Machine.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the VirtualBox on AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for Rocky Linux.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: AlmaLinux 8 or Rocky Linux 8.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install VirtualBox on AlmaLinux 8

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf update
sudo dnf install epel-release
sudo dnf install kernel-devel kernel-headers gcc make perl elfutils-libelf-devel

Step 2. Installing VirtualBox on AlmaLinux 8.

By default, VirtualBox is not available in the official AlmaLinux repository. Now we add manually Virtualbox repository on AlmaLinux 8:

sudo dnf config-manager --add-repo=

Next, install VirtualBox by using dnf command below:

sudo dnf update
sudo dnf install VirtualBox-6.1

Step 3. Installing VirtualBox Extension Pack.

Oracle offers an extension pack to add additional functionalities to VirtualBox like USB 2.0/3.0, VirtualBox Remote Desktop Protocol (VRDP) support, Disk encryption, and many more. Now we download the extension pack that is available to download from the official page:

cd Downloads
sudo VBoxManage extpack install Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-*.vbox-extpack

Accept License, when it prompts for the same.

Step 4. Accessing Oracle VirtualBox on AlmaLinux.

Once successfully installed, ow to start your VirtualBox application, go to Activities, click on “show Applications” and then the icon of this open-source virtualization platform, or start VirtualBox by searching the menu or by executing the following command:


Install VirtualBox on AlmaLinux 8

Congratulations! You have successfully installed VirtualBox. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing VirtualBox on your AlmaLinux 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official VirtualBox website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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