How To Install VirtualBox 6.1 on Ubuntu 20.04

VirtualBox is a free and open-source project by Oracle’s. It’s a good alternative to paid VMWare Workstation, few operating systems that VirtualBox support out of box
– RedHat
– OpenBSD
– FreeBSD
– Ubuntu
– Fedora
– OpenSUSE
– Windows 7
– Windows 10
– Windows Server

On a daily basis, I use a lot of virtualization, run a lot of different distro on my laptop.
running ubuntu under virtualbox

For VirtualBox I prefer the upstream repository even Ubuntu 20.04 offer VirtualBox 6.1, because upstream get faster update than the Ubuntu repository. For this tutorial we’ll be using terminal CLI (command line interface), fear not since I’ll give step by step to install VirtualBox.

Download VirtualBox 6

Download directly from official website


Download Virtualbox Ubuntu 20

Install VirtualBox

Installing Virtualbox as easy as run apt install from terminal

sudo apt install ./virtualbox-6.1_6.1.12-139181~Ubuntu~eoan_amd64.deb -y

Download VirtualBox Extension Pack

VirtualBox Extension Pack features
– Support for a virtual USB 2.0/3.0 controller
– VirtualBox RDP
– Disk encryption
– PXE boot
– Webcam passthrough
This extension must exactly has the same version with VirtualBox version.


download virtualbox extension pack ubuntu

Install VirtualBox Extension Pack

echo y | sudo vboxmanage extpack install Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-6.1.12.vbox-extpack --accept-license=yes

virtualbox ubuntu extention pack installed

Start VirtualBox

On Activities enter VirtualBox
start virtualbox application
click the VirtualBox icon to launching Virtualbox
VirtualBox 6.1 on Ubuntu 20

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