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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:

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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 http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian 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 - http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox_2016.asc | sudo apt-key add -

For Ubuntu 15.10 and older, use the old key:

wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox.asc -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

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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 http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian xenial contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox_2016.asc -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 X.org 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 http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian $(lsb_release -cs) contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox.asc -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:

upgrade-vbox

If not, added VBox repository via 2 commands:

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

wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox.asc -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

Oracle virtualbox 5.0

Oracle finally announced the stable release of Virtualbox 5.0, which provides increased security with encryption and improved performance.

According to the press release, the 5.0 release supports the latest guest or host operating systems including: Mac OS X Yosemite, Windows 10, Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, other Linux operating systems, and legacy operating systems. Oracle Virtualbox 5.0 also features:

  • Paravirtualization Support for Windows and Linux Guests
  • Improved CPU Utilization
  • Guest os can directly recognize USB 3.0 devices and operate at full 3.0 speeds
  • On all host platforms, Windows, Linux and Oracle Solaris guests now support “drag and drop” of content between the host and the guest.
  • Disk Image Encryption, using the industry standard AES algorithm with up to 256 bit data encryption keys (DEK).

There are also numerous of other changes and bug fixes, including:

  • New User Interface settings page for customizing status-bar, menu-bar and guest-content scaling
  • VMs can be started in separate mode.
  • VM guest-content scaling support (including 3D acceleration)
  • Hotplugging support for SATA disks
  • support for Linux distributions using systemd without sysv emulation
  • upgraded to rdesktop-vrdp 1.8.3

To see the full list of changes, go to the wiki page.

virtualbox 5.0 in Ubuntu 14.04

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VBox guest USB 3.0 support

How to Install Virtualbox 5.0 in Ubuntu:

1. Before installing the new release, you may first remove the previous release on your system via Synaptic Package Manager, Software Center, or by running below command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

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

remove-virtualbox

2. Download Virtualbox 5.0 from the official links below:

Download Virtualbox 5.0

select i386 for 32-bit, or amd64 for 64bit system. Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04, and Ubuntu 12.04 are supported so far.

3. After downloaded the package, click to open with Software Center/Gdebi and finally install the Virtualbox 5.0

Addition, to receive future updates and fixes for VBox 5 through Software Updater or your Package Manager, you may add the official Virtualbox repository for Linux

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

The command creates a separate source file for VBox and writes the repository address into it. $(lsb_release -cs) automatically detects your release name, Linux Mint and Elementary OS users have to replace it (e.g., trusty for Mint 17.x and Freya, precise for Mint 13 and Luna).

Also download and insert the keyring so that Ubuntu trusts the package from that repository:

wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Finally you can upgrade VirtualBox as a part of system updates through Software Updater/Package Manager when a new release is out.