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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


Oracle Virtualbox has just reached a new major 5.1 release. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04.

Virtualbox 5.1 ports its UI to Qt5, brings better Python 3 support, HDA (High Definition Audio) support for newer Linux guests, various VMM and other improvements and fixes.

Virtualbox release highlights:

  • VMM: new APIC and I/O APIC implementations that result in significantly improved performance in certain situations
  • VMM: added support for Hyper-V paravirtualized debugging of Windows guests
  • VMM: emulate even more MMIO and shadow pagetable exits without going back to user mode
  • GUI: overall migration to Qt5
  • GUI: passive API event listener improving the VM GUI performance and response time
  • Audio: added HDA (High Definition Audio) support for newer Linux guests
  • Audio: added on-demand timers which should improve the overall performance and reduce the CPU consumption
  • Audio: more fine-grained volume control for the AC’97 emulation, which now also takes the master volume control into account
  • better support for Python 3
  • For more details, see the ChangeLog.

Virtualbox 5.1

How to install Virtualbox 5.1 in Ubuntu:

1. The 5.1 release conflicts with the old 5.0 or 4.x releases, so first open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to remove the previous VBox installation:

sudo apt remove virtualbox virtualbox-5.0 virtualbox-4.*

2. Download Virtualbox 5.1 for your OS (i386=32bit, amd64=64bit):

Download Virtualbox for Linux

Then click install via Ubuntu Software.

3. For those who want to install VBox 5.1 from official Linux repository and receive future updates via Software Updater. Run the commands below one by one in terminal:

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

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

sudo apt update

sudo apt install virtualbox-5.1

According to your Ubuntu codename, replace xenial with wily, trusty, or precise.

Oracle Virtualbox 5.0.22

A new maintenance release for Virtualbox 5.0 series was announced a few days ago with various fixes and improvements.

Virtualbox 5.0.22 fixes build failure on Linux Kernel 4.7, mouse pointer offset in Linux client fullscreen mode, a potential Linux guest panic on AMD hosts, a potential hang with 32-bit EFI guests on Intel CPUs.

It also adds 1.18 support for Solaris additions, brings fixes for certain Intel Atom hosts and certain 32-bit guest, adds a new I/O-APIC implementation fixing several bugs and improving the performance under certain conditions. For more details, go to the changelog page.

Download & install Virtualbox 5.0.22 in Ubuntu:

1. Download the pre-compiled package for your Ubuntu release from (i386 for 32-bit, amd64 for 64bit):

Virtualbox Linux Downloads

2. If you installed the stock version of VBOX from official Ubuntu repository, you have to remove it first via Ubuntu Software, or by running the command below in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo apt remove virtualbox virutalbox-*

3. Finally install the new version by opening the package via Ubuntu Software, or run the dpkg command in terminal:

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/virtualbox-5.0_5.0.22-*.deb

4. (Optional) For those who’d like to receive future updates of VBox along with other software updates via Software Updater utility, paste the 2 commands below and run one by one in terminal to add Virtualbox Linux repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -cs) contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

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

You can manage the PPA later via System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software.

Oracle virtualbox 5.0

The second maintenance release for Virutalbox 5.0 has been released today. The new release brings Linux Kernel 4.2 support and a number of fixes to GUI, Audio, WM, X11, etc.

Here’s the full changelog of Virtualbox 5.0.4:

  • VMM:
    • fixed an issue with Windows 10 guest kernel debugging over the network for Hyper-V paravirtualized VMs
    • fixed a bug which prevented reading the saved state of the ‘PATM’ unit from VirtualBox 4.3.x
  • GUI:
    • changed default OS type for Windows from Windows XP to Windows 7
    • added another pre-defined guest screen resolution
    • fixed update check which was broken due to changing the location of the root certificates
    • fixed issues with synchronization of Caps lock / Num lock / Scroll lock on Windows hosts
    • don’t crash during VM shutdown if 2D video acceleration and 3D support are enabled (Mac OS X hosts only)
    • several seamless fixes for certain X11 window managers, also when used in multi-screen setups
    • Log window size, position and cursor-position fixes
  • Audio:
    • fixed playing leftover/deprecated audio samples
    • fixed playing audio after suspending the host (5.0 regression; Linux hosts using the ALSA backend)
    • fixed playing short audio samples which were chopped off formerly
    • fixed distortions on OS X when the sample rate of the guest stream and host device don’t match
    • Storage: fixed raw disk access and flat VMDK image access which would be always opened readonly
  • Storage: fixed initial encryption of VDI images after they were compacted
  • VGA: fix for certain graphics modes
  • NAT: don’t freeze while the VM is paused if the network attachment mode is changed from/to NAT with activated port forwarding
  • OVF: fixed duplicate USB controller entries in exported OVA/OVF
  • Shared Folders: fixed a path separator issue
  • Drag and drop: fixed crashes on OS X hosts when doing host-to-guest transfers
  • VBoxManage: another attempt to not deny changing the network adapter type at VM runtime (5.0 regression)
  • VBoxManage: fixed broken guestcontrol list command (5.0 regression)
  • VBoxManage: fixed broken Guest Control stdout/stderr output (5.0 regression)
  • Mac OS X hosts: fixed remaining problems with activated SMAP (Broadwell and later)
  • Mac OS X hosts: fixed broken 3D support (5.0.2 regression)
  • Linux hosts: Linux 4.2 fix
  • Linux hosts: don’t crash on older Linux distributions if the DBus service isn’t running
  • Windows hosts: fixed the VERR_LDR_MISMATCH_NATIVE error message
  • Windows hosts: fix for Windows 10 build 10525 and later
  • Windows hosts: fixed network adapter enumeration on Windows 10
  • Windows hosts: prevent intermittent host network disconnects during VM start/shutdown with bridged networking
  • Windows Additions: fixed the call to the memory allocation function
  • Linux Additions: be more forgiving if the compilation of the vboxvideo module fails
  • X11 Additions: fixed a number of small issues with dynamic resizing and full-screen and seamless modes.

How to install or upgrade to Virtualbox 5.0.4:

For Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04 and derivatives, you can:

1. either download the .deb installer directly from THIS PAGE.

2. or install / upgrade VBox from its official Linux repository. Below is how:

If you have a previous release installed, you may already have its Linux repository added in your system, just run Software Updater and check out the available software list after checking for updates:


If not, added VBox repository via 2 commands:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -cs) contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

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

Finally upgrade the software via Software Updater, or via apt-get commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-5.0