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Install Oracle VM VirtualBox on Manjaro 21.2.4 Qonos Linux system - Step by step guide ?


Install Oracle VM VirtualBox on Manjaro 21.2.4 Qonos Linux system - Step by step guide ?

Formerly known as Sun VirtualBox, Sun xVM VirtualBox, and Innotek VirtualBox, Oracle VM VirtualBox is a type-2 hypervisor for x86 and x86-64 virtualization created by Oracle Corporation.

The software can be installed on Windows, Linux, macOS, Solaris, and OpenSolaris. It allows users to run multiple operating systems on a single host.

It is open-source and free software. However, its extension pack is proprietary software.

Here at LinuxAPT, we shall look into how to install VirtualBox on our Manjaro Linux system.

To see how you can install VirtualBox on CentOS 8, visit: https://linuxapt.com/blog/196-install-virtualbox-on-centos-8


Steps to Install VirtualBox on Manjaro 21.2.4 Qonos

1. Perform System Update

Ensure that the system is up to date with the below command:

$ sudo pacman -Syu


2. Install VirtualBox on the system

Now we run the following command to install VirtualBox packages and VirtualBox Host Module:

$ sudo pacman -S virtualbox
$ sudo pacman -S virtualbox-host-modules-arch

Once successfully installation of VirtualBox and VirtualBox host module, enter the following command to add the VirtualBox module to the kernel:

$ sudo modprobe vboxdrv

Next, we add the user account to the VirtualBox User Group to access all the features provided by VirtualBox, Make sure to mention your username instead of username field:

$ sudo gpasswd -a [username] vboxusers


3. Verify VirtualBox Installation

  • Now that we have installed the application, let's also verify it. It can be done by looking for the virtualBox application in our system and running it to see it is working fine or not.
  • Go to the start menu and look for the installed application.
  • If you don't see it there, type its name in the search bar. 
  • The next task is to open it and see if it is running fine or not.


4. Launch VirtualBox

If you don't have an icon on your desktop, your Panel, or the MX Linux Application Menu under Accessories, open a terminal window and launch the Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager window with the below command:

$ virtualbox


How to uninstall VirtualBox from Manjaro Linux ?

To uninstall the VirtualBox application, run the following command:

$ sudo pacman -R virtualbox


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Conclusion

This article covers how to install Oracle VM VirtualBox on Manjaro Linux. In fact, VirtualBox is open-source cross-platform virtualization software for x86 architecture and 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.


Main features of VirtualBox Guest Additions includes:

  • Shared folders: These provide an easy way to exchange files between the host and the guest.
  • Mouse pointer integration: Provides seamless mouse support. You’ll no longer need to press the Host key to free the mouse from being captured by the guest OS
  • It provides better video support: The video resolution in the guest will be automatically adjusted, as if you had manually entered an arbitrary resolution in the guest's Display settings
  • Seamless windows: With this feature, the individual windows that are displayed on the desktop of the virtual machine can be mapped on the host's desktop, as if the underlying application was actually running on the host.
  • Time synchronization: With the Guest Additions installed, Oracle VM VirtualBox can ensure that the guest's system time is better synchronized with that of the host.
  • Shared clipboard: With the Guest Additions installed, the clipboard of the guest operating system can optionally be shared with your host operating system
  • Automated logins: The Guest Addition modules enable automated logins on the guest.

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