How To Install VirtualBox On Ubuntu 20.04

VirtualBox is a free and open-source hypervisor software that allows you to create and run virtual machines of Linux, Windows, Solaris, BSD operating system. It can ben be installed on Linux, Windows, Solaris, OS X, and OpenSolaris.

VirtualBox is released under GPL v2, and the Oracle VM VirtualBox extension pack is released under PUEL (Personal Use and Evaluation License).

Here, we will see how to install VirtualBox on Ubuntu 20.04.

Install VirtualBox on Ubuntu 20.04

Add VirtualBox Repository

Import the Oracle VirtualBox public signing key on your system using the following command.

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Then, add the VirtualBox repository on to your system.

echo "deb [arch=amd64] focal contrib" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list

Install VirtualBox

Update the Ubuntu package database.

sudo apt update

Install the VirtualBox using the apt command.

If your Ubuntu system has UEFI secure boot enabled, you may need to configure secure boot and enroll MOK key in your system's firmware.
sudo apt install -y virtualbox-6.1

After the installation, check the VirtualBox Linux kernel module service status.

sudo systemctl status vboxdrv

 vboxdrv.service - VirtualBox Linux kernel module
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/virtualbox/; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: active (exited) since Thu 2020-05-28 17:53:15 EST; 1min ago
  Process: 1416 ExecStart=/usr/lib/virtualbox/ start (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)

May 28 17:54:42 ubuntu2004 systemd[1]: Starting VirtualBox Linux kernel module...
May 28 17:54:42 ubuntu2004[1416]: Starting VirtualBox services.
May 28 17:54:42 ubuntu2004[1421]: Starting VirtualBox services.
May 28 17:54:42 ubuntu2004[1438]: VirtualBox services started.
May 28 17:54:42 ubuntu2004 systemd[1]: Started VirtualBox Linux kernel module.

NOTE: UEFI Secure Boot Enabled

If you have an Ubuntu system with UEFI secure boot enabled, during the VirtualBox installation, the system will ask you to set a password (If not already set during the OS installation or MOK is not enrolled after the OS installation) and that can be used at the time of enrolling Machine-Owner key (MOK) in your system’s firmware.

Click OK on configuring secure boot wizard.

Configure Secure Boot
Configure Secure Boot

Set a password for secure boot.

Set Password For Secure Boot
Set Password For Secure Boot

Enter the password again to confirm the password.

Confirm Password
Confirm Password

Reboot the system.

sudo reboot

Upon system reboot, you will need to perform MOK management.

Choose Enroll MOK » Continue » Yes » Enter Password (you have set earlier) » Reboot.

Wait for the system to come up after a reboot and then start VirtualBox.

Access VirtualBox

Start the VirtualBox

Command Line Mode



Graphical Mode

Ubuntu 20:04: Activities » Search for Oracle VM VirtualBox.

Start VirtualBox
Start VirtualBox

VirtualBox 6.1 Running on Ubuntu 20.04:

VirtualBox running on Ubuntu 20.04
VirtualBox running on Ubuntu 20.04

Install VirtualBox Extension Pack

Oracle offers an extension pack to add additional functionalities such as USB 2.0/3.0, Disk encryption, VirtualBox Remote Desktop Protocol (VRDP) support, Intel PXE boot ROM, Host webcam passthrough, and PCI passthrough to the VirtualBox base installation.

READ: How To Install Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack on Ubuntu 20.04


That’s All. I hope you learned how to install VirtualBox on Ubuntu 20.04. Please share your feedback in the comments section.

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