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.

  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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