VirtualBox is a popular software that allows users to create and run virtual machines on their computer. It is an open-source software that supports a wide range of operating systems, including Linux, Windows, and macOS. However, many users wonder whether Linux Mint, a popular Linux distribution, supports VirtualBox or not. In this article, we will explore this topic and provide step-by-step instructions on how to install and use VirtualBox on Linux Mint.
Step 1: Check the Linux Mint version
Before we proceed with the installation of VirtualBox, we need to ensure that our Linux Mint version is compatible with it. To do this, open the Terminal and enter the following command:
This command will display the version of Linux Mint installed on your computer. VirtualBox is supported on Linux Mint 18.x, 19.x, and 20.x versions. If your version is not supported, you can upgrade to a newer version or use a different Linux distribution.
Step 2: Install VirtualBox
Once you have confirmed that your Linux Mint version is supported, you can proceed with the installation of VirtualBox. There are two ways to install VirtualBox on Linux Mint: through the official repositories or by downloading and installing the software from the VirtualBox website.
Option 1: Install from the official repositories
To install VirtualBox from the official repositories, open the Terminal and enter the following command:
sudo apt-get install virtualbox
This command will download and install the latest version of VirtualBox available in the Linux Mint repositories. Once the installation is complete, you can launch VirtualBox from the Applications menu.
Option 2: Download and install from the VirtualBox website
To download and install VirtualBox from the VirtualBox website, follow these steps:
Open a web browser and go to the VirtualBox website (https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads).
Select the version of Linux Mint you are using from the dropdown menu.
Click on the "AMD64" link to download the appropriate package for your system.
Once the download is complete, open the Terminal and navigate to the directory where the package was downloaded.
Enter the following command to install VirtualBox:
sudo dpkg -i <package_name>.deb
Note: Replace "<package_name>" with the actual name of the package you downloaded.
- Once the installation is complete, you can launch VirtualBox from the Applications menu.
Step 3: Use VirtualBox on Linux Mint
Now that VirtualBox is installed on your Linux Mint system, you can use it to create and run virtual machines. To create a new virtual machine, launch VirtualBox from the Applications menu and click on the "New" button. Follow the on-screen instructions to configure the virtual machine according to your requirements.
- To remove VirtualBox from your Linux Mint system, enter the following command in the Terminal:
sudo apt-get remove virtualbox
If you encounter any issues while using VirtualBox on Linux Mint, you can refer to the official documentation or seek help from the community forums.
VirtualBox also provides a command-line interface (CLI) for advanced users. You can access the CLI by launching the Terminal and entering the "VBoxManage" command.
I hope this article has helped you understand how to install and use VirtualBox on Linux Mint. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to leave a comment below.
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