Install VirtualBox 4.2 on Fedora 18


Oracle VirtualBox is open source virtualization product for enterprise as well as home purpose, It is a x86 fully virtualizer for general purpose desktops. It is released under GNU GPL License. You can download it from official website.

It supports multiple guest operating system:

  • Windows NT
  • Windows 2000
  • WIndows XP (32 bit/64 bit)
  • Windows Vista (32 bit/64 bit)
  • Windows 7 (32 bit/64 bit)
  • Windows 8 (32 bit/64 bit)
  • Windows 2003 Server (32 bit/64 bit)
  • Windows 2008 Server (32 bit/64 bit)
  • Ubuntu 5.10 / 6.06 Desktop / 7.04 – 12.10
  • Debian
  • openSUSE
  • Mandriva
  • Fedora
  • RHEL/CentOS
  • Mac OS X
  • Solaris
  • FreeBSD
  • OpenBSD

This tutorial shows how to install VirtualBox 4.2.10(Latest VirtualBox 4.2) on Fedora 18 via yum repository.

Step 1: Open terminal ( Accessories ——> System Tools ——> Terminal).

Step 2: Install header and development tools.

[[email protected]~/# yum install kernel-devel kernel-headers
[[email protected]~/# yum groupinstall “Development Tools”
[[email protected]~/# yum update

Step 3: Download Oracle public key.

[[email protected]~/# wget

Step 4: Import Oracle public key.

[[email protected]~/# rpm –import oracle_vbox.asc

Step 5: Download Fedora repo file for VirtualBox and Move it into /etc/yum.repos.d directory.

[[email protected]~/]# wget
[[email protected]~/]# mv virtualbox.repo /etc/yum.repos.d/

Step 6: Install VirtualBox 4.2 (This for VirtualBox 4.2.x version) and dkms.

[[email protected]~/]# yum install VirtualBox-4.2 dkms

Note: dkms package is to ensure that the VirtualBox host kernel modules (vboxdrv, vboxnetflt and vboxnetadp) are properly updated if the linux kernel version changes during the next kernel upgrade

Step 7: Add your user name in to vboxuser group (Optional).

[[email protected]~/]# usermod -a -G vboxusers itzgeek

Step 8: Start VirtualBox using following command.

[[email protected]~/]# virtualbox

Now you can start adding VM’s on VirtualBox.

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