VirtualBox 7 on Linux Mint: A Complete Installation Guide

VirtualBox 7 on Linux Mint 21: A Complete Installation Guide

This guide will walk you through each step of installation of VirtualBox 7, a widely-used and popular full virtualizer app, on Linux Mint 21.

VirtualBox 7 is a popular virtualization software that allows users to run multiple operating systems on a single physical host. With its latest release, VirtualBox 7, users can now take advantage of even more features and enhancements.

This guide will show you how to install VirtualBox 7 on Linux Mint, a Ubuntu-based Linux distribution known for its user-friendliness, reliability, and great support. So, whether you are a beginner or an experienced user, this guide will provide the steps to set it up on your Mint system successfully.

VirtualBox is available for installation from the Linux Mint 21 “Vanessa” repositories, but the version is 6.1. However, VirtualBox 7 was recently released, and it offers significant advantages over its predecessor, such as:

  • Full virtual machine encryption support
  • Support for UEFI SecureBoot and TPM 1.2/2.0
  • Enhanced 3D support
  • Automated virtual machine builder
  • Integration with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)

Fortunately, there is an effortless way to install VirtualBox 7 on Linux Mint, which we will show you in this guide.

The tutorial will use the sudo command and assuming you have sudo privileges.

Step 1: Import VirtualBox’s Repo GPG Key

VirtualBox 7, as previously stated, is not available in the Linux Mint 21 repositories. So, we’ll add it to our Mint system. But first, import the Oracle VirtualBox GPG keys that sign the software.

Open the terminal and run the following command:

wget -O- https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox_2016.asc | sudo gpg --dearmor --yes --output /usr/share/keyrings/oracle-virtualbox-2016.gpg
Import VirtualBox’s repository GPG Key
Import VirtualBox’s repository GPG Key

We can now proceed to import the official VirtualBox repository.

Step 2: Add Official VirtualBox Repository

After importing the GPG keys, we’ll add the official VirtualBox repository to our Linux Mint system. This implies that the update package will be made available with the rest of your system’s regular updates if a new version is released.

echo "deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/oracle-virtualbox-2016.gpg] http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian jammy contrib" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list
Add VirtualBox Repository to Linux Mint 21
Add VirtualBox Repository to Linux Mint 21

Step 3: Run System Update

Before we proceed with VirtualBox installation on our Linux Mint 21 system, we should refresh the packages list to make the system aware of the newly added VirtualBox repository’s packages. So, run the below command to update the APT repositories index.

sudo apt update
Update package list
Update package list

As you can see from the image above, our new VirtualBox repository is now available and ready to be used.

Step 4: Install VirtualBox 7 on Linux Mint 21

Everything is already prepared for the actual installation. Now, to install VirtualBox on Linux Mint 21, run the following commands:

sudo apt install virtualbox-7.0
Install VirtualBox 7 on Linux Mint 21
Install VirtualBox 7 on Linux Mint 21

Wait for the installation to complete. The VirtualBox is now installed and ready to be used on your Linux Mint 21 system.

Step 5: Install VirtualBox Extension Pack

This is an optional step, but I strongly encourage it because it will make working with VirtualBox on your Ubuntu system easier and more convenient. VirtualBox Extension Pack unlocks many great features, such as:

  • Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) integration
  • VirtualBox Remote Desktop Protocol (VRDP)
  • Host webcam passthrough
  • Disk and full VM encryption

Let’s highlight one peculiarity here. The installed VirtualBox Extension Pack’s version is highly recommended to match the version of VirtualBox installed on your Ubuntu 22.04 system.

So, to verify the exact version of the installed locally VirtualBox, you can use vboxmanage, a build-in VirtualBox’s command:

vboxmanage -v | cut -dr -f1
Checking the VirtualBox version
Checking the VirtualBox version

As you can see, the version of Virtualbox installed is 7.0.4. Therefore, you must then download the Extension Pack with the same version.

However, if your VirtualBox installation version is different, replace both places containing 7.0.4 in the command below with the actual version. In addition, you can also go straight to the downloads page and look at the available versions.

wget https://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/7.0.4/Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-7.0.4.vbox-extpack

Next, to install the VirtualBox Extension pack, run the vboxmanage command as follows:

sudo vboxmanage extpack install Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-7.0.4.vbox-extpack

You will be prompted to agree the Oracle’s license terms and conditions. So, type “y” to confirm and press Enter.

Install VirtualBox Extension Pack
Install VirtualBox Extension Pack

Additionally, you can verify installed VirtualBox’s extension pack version by running the following:

vboxmanage list extpacks
Verify the installed VirtualBox Extension Pack version
Verify the installed VirtualBox Extension Pack version

Step 6: Add User to vboxusers Group

Before using VirtualBox, you should add your user account to the vboxusers group. This is quick and simple to accomplish by running:

sudo usermod -a -G vboxusers $USER

Now perform a reboot. After login, check that you are in the vboxusers group with this command:

groups $USER
Check user groups
Check user groups

Step 7: Running VirtualBox on Linux Mint 21

You can start using VirtualBox by launching it from the Linux Mint start menu.

Running VirtualBox on Linux Mint 21
Running VirtualBox on Linux Mint 21
VirtualBox running on Linux Mint 21
VirtualBox running on Linux Mint 21

Conclusion

That concludes our guide on installing VirtualBox on Linux Mint 21. We hope you find this guide helpful. Thanks for your time!

We recommend checking the official documentation for individuals who want to learn more about the features offered by VirtualBox and how to use them effectively.

Finally, you can use VirtualBox in an entirely headless mode to turn your server into a virtualization environment. To learn more about utilizing this VirtualBox feature, check out our guide: “How to Setup and Manage VirtualBox VMs on a Headless Server.”

Thanks for using this tutorial. Your feedback and comments are most welcome.

Bobby Borisov
Bobby Borisov

Bobby is an Editor-in-Chief at Linuxiac. He is a Linux professional with over 20 years of experience. With a strong focus on Linux and open-source software, Bobby has worked as a Linux System Administrator, Software Developer, and DevOps Engineer for small and large multinational companies.

5 Comments

  1. I recommend using https:// instead of http:// in the repo url that is added to the virtualbox.list file.
    Some people like to claim that package signing is good enough for security, but it’s vulnerable to replay attacks, privacy issues, and it won’t hurt you to use https so why not.

  2. I so much appreciate your article! Thank you very much. I was using 6.1 and ran across your site and followed your directions and they were flawless.

  3. Good article 🙂

    migrate 6.1 to 7.0.6 easily thanks to you.

    Just install extension pack directly from graphic Virtual box application.

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