How To Install VirtualBox on CentOS 7

Install VirtualBox on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install VirtualBox on your CentOS 7. For those of you who didn’t know, VirtualBox is a program that allows you to install an operating system without changing your computer’s main operating system. This software allows you to create and run guest operating systems (“virtual machines”) such as Linux and Windows on top of the host operating system.

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 VirtualBox on a CentOS 7 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 7.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • 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 CentOS 7

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

yum clean all
rpm -Uvh https://epel.mirror.angkasa.id/pub/epel/7/x86_64/e/epel-release-7-10.noarch.rpm
yum -y update

Step 2. Installing the required package and development tools:

Before installing VirtualBox make sure to install all required packages to run VirtualBox:

yum install kernel-devel kernel-headers dkms 
yum groupinstall "Development Tools"
yum update

Download and import Oracle public key:

rpm --import oracle_vbox.asc

Download VirtualBox repo file for CentOS 7 and move it into /etc/yum.repos.d directory:

wget http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/rpm/el/virtualbox.repo -O /etc/yum.repos.d/virtualbox.repo

Step 3. Installing VirtualBox on CentOS 7.

Use the following command to install VirtualBox using yum command:

yum install VirtualBox-4.3

Rebuild kernel modules with the following command:

service vboxdrv setup

Add your user name into vboxuser group:

usermod -a -G vboxusers user_name

Step 4. Accessing VirtualBox.

Once it’s installed, start it from your application menu, run the command below to start VirtualBox from a terminal, or find the application on your ubuntu dash and launch it.:


Install VirtualBox on CentOS 7

Congratulations! You have successfully installed VirtualBox. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing VirtualBox on CentOS 7 server. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to 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 idroot.us, 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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