In this tutorial, we will show you how to install VirtualBox on your Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. 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 Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) server.
- A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 18.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
- 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).
non-root sudo useror 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 Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver
Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal.
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade sudo apt-get install gcc make linux-headers-$(uname -r) dkms
Step 2. Installing VirtualBox on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
First, run the commands below to add the VirtualBox repository key:
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian $(lsb_release -sc) contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'
Next, we need to download and import the Oracle GPG public key to the Ubuntu system with the following command:
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 -
Install the VirtualBox 5, command as follows:
apt-get update apt-get install virtualbox-5.2
Step 4. Accessing VirtualBox.
Once it’s installed, start it from your application menu, or run the command below to start VirtualBox from a terminal or find the application on your ubuntu dash and launch it.:
Congratulations! You have successfully installed VirtualBox. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing VirtualBox on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) server. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official VirtualBox website.