Archives For Virtualbox 5.1


Oracle Virtualbox has released a new update for the Virtualbox 5.1 series with fixes to Linux 4.10 and Windows 10 hosts.

According to the changelog, Virtualbox 5.1.14 features:

  • fixed emulation of certain instructions for 64-bit guests on 32-bit hosts
  • properly handle certain MSRs for 64-bit guests on ancient CPUs without VT-x support for MSR bitmaps
  • fixed a crash with multimonitor setups under certain conditions
  • allow cloning of snapshots when the VM is running
  • fixed compatibility with the Storage Performance Development Kit
  • VBoxSVC: fixed a crash under rare circumstances
  • VBoxManage: added a sanity check to modifymedium –resize to prevent users from resizing their hard disk from 1GB to 1PB
  • another fix for recent Windows 10 hosts
  • Linux 4.10 host fixes
  • Linux Additions: fixed protocol error during certain operations on shared folders

Oracle Virtualbox

Download / Install Virtualbox 5.1.14 in Ubuntu:

For all current Ubuntu releases and derivatives, the official DEB packages are available for download at the link below:

Download Virtualbox for Linux

Choose download the deb package matches your Ubuntu edition and system type, then click install it via Ubuntu Software App.

For those who want to upgrade from an exist Virtualbox 5.1.x release, you can add the Vbox Linux repository via following steps:

1. Open terminal emulator (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add the repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb xenial contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

You may replace xenial in the code with your Ubuntu code name, e.g., yakkety for Ubuntu 16.10, trusty for Ubuntu 14.04 and Linux Mint 17.

Virtualbox Official Linux repository

2. Then setup the keyring via command:

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

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

After adding the repository, you can launch Software Updater (Update Manager) and upgrade Virtualbox once a new release is out.

upgrade virtualbox

Oracle Virtualbox 5.1.12

A new maintenance release for Oracle Virtualbox 5.1 has been released one day ago with Linux hosts and guests fixes and kernel 4.9, 4.10, 2.2.68 compile fixes.

Changes in Virtualbox 5.1.12:

  • VMM: fixed VERR_IEM_ASPECT_NOT_IMPLEMENTED Guru Meditations with certain Linux guests if KVM paravirtualization is enabled
  • VMM: fixed VERR_VMX_UNABLE_TO_START_VM Guru Meditations under rare conditions
  • GUI: prevent a crash under certain conditions if the VM is terminated very early
  • GUI: fixed certain keyboard capture issues for OS X hosts.
  • GUI: fixed dragging guest windows in seamless mode with the keyboard captured (X11 hosts only)
  • GUI: fixed a problem where the new version detected dialog was covered by the appliance import dialog (Mac OS X hosts only
  • Storage: fixed NVMe reset processing when doing rmmod nvme; modprobe nvme in a Linux guest
  • Storage: fixed creating a snapshot when the VM is running and an NVMe controller is present
  • Storage: fixed a problem with the LsiLogic SCSI controller where requests could be lost with SMP guests
  • E1000: fixed “cable disconnected” issue for Mac OS X guests
  • E1000: fixed “TX unit hang” issue for Linux guests only
  • Parallel ports: fixed port enumeration on Windows host
  • API: don’t crash when sanitizing certain VM names
  • Linux hosts: automatically disable asynchronous I/O on Linux 2.6.18 kernels
  • Linux hosts / guests: Linux 2.6.28 compile fix
  • Linux hosts: compile Linux 4.9 compile fix
  • Linux Additions: warn the user about a known bug with older Linux guests (e.g. Debian 7) requiring manual work to get 3D working
  • Linux Additions: fix the graphics driver build with Linux 4.10 and later
  • Windows Additions: fixed a crash in the WDDM driver under certain conditions

Download / Install Virtualbox 5.1.12 in Ubuntu:

The official Linux binary packages are available for download at the link below:

Virtualbox Linux Downloads

Grab the package (i386 for 32-bit, or amd64 for 64-bit) for you system and click install via Ubuntu Software.

For those who have a previous VBox 5.1 release installed, launch Software Updater to upgrade the software if you have Virtualbox Linux repository added in your system:

upgrade virtualbox

To manually add Virtualbox Linux repository:

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb xenial contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

Replace xenial in the code with yakkety (for 16.10), or trusty for 14.04 and Linux Mint 17.x.

Virtualbox Official Linux repository

2. Then setup the keyring:

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

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


A new maintenance release for the 5.1 series, Virtualbox 5.1.10, has been released. For Linux, it brings fixes to Kernel 4.9 and Linux kernel module override rule.

Other changes in Virtualbox 5.1.10:

  • GUI: the USB filter settings dialog should allow to specify the USB revision in hexadecimal format
  • GUI: fixed crash on certain hosts when pressing certain key combinations (Windows hosts only)
  • GUI: fixed issue with updating the available-geometry on host-screen work-area resize
  • GUI: don’t crash / hang on certain environments if accessibility support is enabled
  • GUI: fixed various issues in Unscaled HiDPI Output mode
  • GUI: extend the VM Input menu with Print Screen-related actions
  • GUI: improved handling of inserting the Guest Additions ISO image by trying all available optical drives rather than only the first one and by not asking the user if he wants to force unmounting
  • API: default to RTC using UTC for Solaris 11 guests
  • Settings: be less restrictive when reading a VM configuration containing a host-only adapter without an interface name
  • Storage: fixed resizing VDI images resulting in an unbootable image under certain circumstances
  • NAT: fixed several 5.1.8 regressions on Mac OS X and Windows hosts
  • Audio: fixed a few 5.1.x regressions by using the audio code from 5.0.x until the audio overhaul is completed
  • VBoxManage: fixed documentation of the storagectl command
  • Build system: another fix for building VirtualBox on systems which default to Python 3
  • Windows hosts: hardening fix for Windows 10 build 14971
  • Windows Additions: properly start the VirtualBox guest services even if the guest user name contains special characters
  • Solaris Additions: fixed preemptible mouse notification callback being executed under a spinlock for Solaris guests

How to Install Virtualbox 5.1.10 in Ubuntu:

For all current Ubuntu editions, the official .deb binaries are available for download the the link below:

Download Virutalbox for Linux

Then click to open the .deb via Ubuntu Software and install it.

For those who have a previous Virtualbox 5.1.x installed, you may add the VBOX Linux repository to receive updates via Software Updater:

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add the repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb xenial contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

You may replace xenial in the code with yakkety for Ubuntu 16.10 or trusty for Ubuntu 14.04.

Virtualbox Official Linux repository

2. And setup the key to trusty the updates from that repository:

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

For Ubuntu 14.04, use the old one:

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

Finally upgrade Virtualbox by launching Software Updater:

upgrade virtualbox

Or just run command in terminal:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install virtualbox-5.1


The second maintain release for the Virtualbox 5.1 series, Virtualbox 5.1.4, now is available for upgrade in the official Virtualbox Linux repository.

Oracle has not yet announced the release of Virtualbox 5.1.4 at the moment. The changelog will be available once it’s ready in the wiki page, and Linux binaries will be available for download in the Linux download page.

Those who have enabled Virtualbox Linux repository, Virtualbox 5.1.4 is now available for upgrade in Software Updater:

Virtualbox 5.14 about

How to install Virtualbox 5.1.4 in Ubuntu

The new release is ready for upgrade for all current Ubuntu releases, include Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, and their derivatives.

1. For those who don’t have VBox Linux repository enabled, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb xenial contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

replace xenial with trusty or precise for Ubuntu 14.04 or Ubuntu 12.04 and their derivatives.

Virtualbox Official Linux repository

2. And setup the key via command:

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

For Ubuntu 15.10 and older, use the old key:

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

3. After adding the official Virtualbox Linux repository, launch Software Updater and you will be able to upgrade Virtualbox after checking for updates:

upgrade Virtualbox 5.1.4