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How to install Virtualbox

by joekamprad

VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product

These are the steps you need to install it:

1. Install kernel headers (linux-headers)

sudo pacman -S linux-headers

OR for LTS Kernels install the linux-lts-headers

sudo pacman -S linux-lts-headers

2. Install Virtualbox

sudo pacman -S virtualbox virtualbox-guest-iso

You will be asked for installing the core-packages:

  • for linux kernel choose virtualbox-host-modules-arch
  • for other kernels (like LTS) choose virtualbox-host-dkms

3. Install net-tools if you want to use host-only or bridged networking (optional)

sudo pacman -S net-tools

4. Install virtualbox-ext-vnc if you need VNC server support (optional)

As you want to access the VM from external Systems…

sudo pacman -S virtualbox-ext-vnc

5. load the needed module:

sudo modprobe vboxdrv

6. Add your user(s) to the vboxusers group

sudo gpasswd -a username vboxusers

7. Add Oracle extensions (optional)

yay -S virtualbox-ext-oracle

Then you need to open VirtualBox and go to

File -> Preferences -> Extensions

and enable the package that has been downloaded.

Virtualbox Prefences

Notes / Troubleshooting:

It helps to change display settings to use the older better implemented  VBoxVGA as controller device in the settings.

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