How To Install VirtualBox on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install VirtualBox on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install VirtualBox on Ubuntu 20.04 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 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04, 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).
  • 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 Ubuntu 20.04 LTS  Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing VirtualBox on Ubuntu 20.04.

  • Installing VirtualBox from Ubuntu repositories

Run the following commands to install VirtualBox and Extension Pack:

sudo apt install virtualbox virtualbox-ext-pack
  • Installing VirtualBox from Oracle’s repositories

First, import the Oracle public keys using the following commands:

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -
wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

After that, add the VirtualBox APT repository to your Ubuntu system:

echo "deb [arch=amd64] $(lsb_release -cs) contrib" | \
sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list

Install the latest version of VirtualBox using the command:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install virtualbox-6.1

Step 3. Installing VirtualBox Extension Pack.

The VirtualBox Extension Pack enhances the functionality of your virtual machines. It adds additional tools like USB 2.0 and 3.0, Remote Desktop, and encryption:


Next, import the Extension Pack:

sudo VBoxManage extpack install Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-6.1.8.vbox-extpack

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 Ubuntu 20.04

Congratulations! You have successfully installed VirtualBox. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing VirtualBox on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa. 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, 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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