Oracle VirtualBox 6.1 Released as New Major Update

Last updated: December 12, 2019


Oracle announced the new major Virtualbox 6.1.0 a few days ago with many great new features.

Virtualbox 6.1.0 includes following changes:

  • Implemented support for importing VM from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
  • Extended support for exporting VM to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
  • Support for nested hardware-virtualization on Intel CPUs
  • Completely removed old style 3D support (with VBoxVGA).
  • Implemented experimental support for file transfers
  • Support for horizontal scrolling in the PS/2 mouse device.
  • vboximg-mount available on Linux host.
  • accelerate video playback on Linux, macOS.
  • Experimental support for VirtIO SCSI, to increase performance and improve scalability
  • Suport for Linux 5.4
  • GUI and many other improvements.

For more details, see the changelog.

How to Install Virtualbox 6.1 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, Ubuntu 19.10, and their derivatives, you can either download the official .deb binary from the link below:

Download Virtualbox for Linux

or install VBox from its official apt repository by running following steps:

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

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] $(lsb_release -sc) contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

For Linux Mint, you HAVE to replace $(lsb_release -sc) in the command with bionic for Mint 19.x, or xenial for Mint 18.x.

2. Then download and install the repository key via command:

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

3. Refresh system package cache via command:

sudo apt update

4. Finally install Virtualbox 6.1:

sudo apt install virtualbox-6.1


To remove it, simply run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --autoremove virtualbox-6.1

And go to Software & Updates -> Other Software to remove apt repositories.


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2 responses to Oracle VirtualBox 6.1 Released as New Major Update

  1. I have an ubuntu 18.04 LTS virtual machine for emergency purpose, but after Virtualbox upgrade to 6.1 the VM can’t handle automatic screen resolution anymore.
    Fully upgraded and with VB Guest additions installed, in Software and updates – Additional drivers, I can’t select driversfor VB hardware.
    Anyone has this issue? Thanks

    • There is no support of Virtualbox 6.1.x in Ubuntu 18.04, instead of that, install Virtualbox 6.0.16, the revision is 2020 and it will install on Ubuntu 18.04 and Linux Mint 19.3