How to install VirtualBox Extension Pack

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Oracle VirtualBox

VirtualBox Extension pack is a set of open source component which extend the functionality of VirtualBox base package, Oracle provides the one extension pack, it provides the following added functionality.

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  1. The virtual USB 2.0 device.
  2. VurtualBox Remote Desktop Protocol (VDRP)
  3. Host webcam pass through.
  4. Intel PXE boot ROM.
  5. Experimental support or PCI pass through on Linux hosts.

This Mini how-to helps you to install the VirtualBox extension package on Linux machines.

Lets see the installed Extension pack, you wont find any packages because Extension does not come bundled with VirtualBox.

raj@ubuntu:~$ sudo VBoxManage list extpacks
Extension Packs: 0

Download VirtualBox extension pack, latest pack can be found here.

raj@ubuntu:~$ wget http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/4.3.12/Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-4.3.12-93733.vbox-extpack

Once downloaded, install it by using the following command.

raj@ubuntu:~$ sudo VBoxManage extpack install Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-4.3.12-93733.vbox-extpack

You would see the installation message too.

0%...10%...20%...30%...40%...50%...60%...70%...80%...90%...100%
Successfully installed "Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack".

Lets run again the list command to see the installed packages.

raj@ubuntu:~$ sudo VBoxManage list extpacks
Extension Packs: 1
Pack no. 0:   Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack
Version:      4.3.12
Revision:     93733
Edition:
Description:  USB 2.0 Host Controller, Host Webcam, VirtualBox RDP, PXE ROM with E1000 support.
VRDE Module:  VBoxVRDP
Usable:       true
Why unusable:

You have successfully installed VirtualBox extension pack, if you would like to remove in future; use the following command to uninstall.

raj@ubuntu:~$ sudo VBoxManage extpack uninstall "Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack"

That’s All. Hope this helped you, please post your valuable comments below.

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  • tareka

    thanks man , you save my day.

  • Jason

    Thank you. I’ve been trying for the past hour trying to figure out how to install this.

  • JP

    thanks

  • sienna

    Hi there
    thanks for help first
    I have got an issue.
    when I paste on terminal this
    sudo VBoxManage extpack get-install Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-4.3.12-93733.vbox-extpacks
    the terminal say:
    Syntax error: Invalid command ‘extpack’

    did you wrote something wron or my is my pc problem?!
    Cheers

    • Raj

      Download correct extension pack and change the command according to the download package

  • heikki

    Thanks for the instructions Raj! I initially installed the extension packs using sudo, but I was not able to get the extension pack to work (VBoxManage list extpacks didn’t list the installed package, only sudo VBoxManage did). I uninstalled and reinstalled the extension pack without sudo and after that everything worked fine. Is sudo really needed, or do you need to run virtualbox as root? I’m on Ubuntu 14.04, so there might be differences between distros?

  • nhald

    how to install ext. pack in window 8.1 sir? please mail me thank you!!

  • Najela

    Thanks for your help man 🙂

  • Liviu Balan

    Nice tutorial! If you want a video tutorial on how to install VirtualBox Extension Pack (on Linux Mint/Ubuntu) you can see http://www.liviubalan.com/install-virtualbox-extension-pack

  • Akkie

    Thanks a lot foe this help.

  • Amine Zroud

    Hi,

    If you have already an old version of Extension package installed you will get this error message : VBoxManage: error: Extension pack ‘Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack’ is already installed. In case of a reinstallation, please uninstall it first.

    You can bypass that by adding –replace to the command : VBoxManage extpack install –replace Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-5.0.18.vbox-extpack

    –replace will uninstall existing extension pack version.

    Regards.

  • Petr Mařák

    Thank you so much!

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