Install VirtualBox 5.0 In Ubuntu/Linux Mint Or Other Derivatives

How To Install VirtualBox 5.0 In Ubuntu/Linux Mint Or Other Derivatives

Most of us know what virtual machines are but for those don’t know, virtual machines are the kind of software that allows users to run other operating systems within the current operating system. It’s the favorite for everyone to taste other operating systems without going away from the main operating system. In this article, I’ll show you how to install picture VM VirtualBox 5.0 in Ubuntu 15.04/14.10/Linux mint Rafaela or other derivatives.


​VirtualBox team recently released VirtualBox 5.0 with several interesting features for developers and normal users both. Let’s take a brief look at the new features.

What’s New In VirtualBox 5.0?

“A key tool for developers and users creating cloud and local applications without the overhead of using a full server environment, Oracle VM VirtualBox runs on standard x86 desktop and laptop computers. It allows users to set up multi-platform virtual machine environments for software development, testing, and general purpose operating system (OS) virtualization, with optional runtime encryption,” notes Oracle in the official announcement. According to the changelog, the guest OS performance has been improved by leveraging built-in virtualization support, a broader set of CPU instructions is now used for the guest OS, support for USB 3.0 devices have been added, “drag and drop” of content between the host and the guest is now supported, and data can be encrypted on virtual hard disk images transparently during runtime (with AES algorithm).

  • Paravirtualization support for Windows and Linux guests to improve time-keeping accuracy and performance (see the manual for more information)
  • Make more instruction set extensions available to the guest when running with hardware-assisted virtualization and nested paging. Among others, this includes: SSE 4.1, SSE4.2, AVX, AVX-2, AES-NI, POPCNT, RDRAND and RDSEED
  • xHCI Controller to support USB 3 devices (see the manual for more information)
  • Drag and drop support (bidirectional) for Windows, Linux, and Solaris guests
  • Disk image encryption (see the manual for more information)
  • VMs can now be started in a separate mode. The VM process is started headless while the frontend runs as a separate process which can be terminated without stopping the VM.
  • GUI: VM guest-content scaling support (including 3D acceleration)
  • GUI: New User Interface settings page for customizing status-bar, menu-bar and guest-content scaling
  • GUI: New Encryption settings tab for customizing encryption options for disk images
  • GUI: HiDPI support including application icons and optional unscaled HiDPI output on Mac OS X (including 3D acceleration)
  • GUI: Hotplugging support for SATA disks
  • New, modular audio architecture for providing a better abstraction of the host audio backends
  • Support for the NDIS6 networking framework on Windows (default on Vista and later)
  • …and much more (full release notes)

How To Install VirtualBox 5.0 In Ubuntu 15.04/14.10.14.04 Or Linux Mint 17.2 Or Other Derivatives

Visit VirtualBox official website and click the button Download VirtualBox 5.0.

How To Install VirtualBox 5.0 In Ubuntu/Linux Mint Or Other Derivatives

After you’ve downloaded the file, move to the folder where the downloaded file exists and open the .deb file with Software Center and click install and your file will be installed. But sometimes in the failure of installation software center does not specify the reason for failure. So it is better to install through either gdebi or from terminal. To install from terminal, open up a terminal (ctrl+alt+t) and move to the folder where VirtualBox file contained.

$ cd directory-path
Use dpkg command to install file -
$ sudo dpkg -i filename.deb

install virtualbox from dash

Now you’re done! You’ve to install VirtualBox 5.0 successfully. In case the installation fails, the terminal will specify the reason then you can easily solve the issue.

open virtualbox 5.0

After the installation is done. If you are using Ubuntu then Virtualbox can be opened from dash.

virtualbox 5.0 released

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