How to install latest VirtualBox on Ubuntu 18.04 / Debian 9

(: October 17, 2018)

In this guide, we will look at how to install the latest release of VirtualBox on Ubuntu 18.04 and Debian 9. VirtualBox is a powerful,feature-rich, high-performance and open source x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization solution for both home users and enterprise.

VirtualBox is licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2 and it runs on Linux, macOS, Windows, e.t.c. There are two ways to install VirtualBox on Ubuntu & Debian. One method is using upstream repositories, and the other is from a .deb package.

Install latest VirtualBox on Ubuntu 18.04 / Debian 9

To get the latest release of VirtualBox on your Ubuntu 18.04 / Debian 9 system, the recommended way of installation is from apt repository. Follow steps below to have the latest VirtualBox installed on your Ubuntu 18.04 / Debian 9.{text-align:left} img{margin:0 auto 0 0}

Step 1: Import apt repository

Add repository key

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

Step 2:  Add the VirtualBox repository

After importing the key, you can add the repository to the system using the command:

echo "deb [arch=amd64] $(lsb_release -sc) contrib" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list

Step 3:  Install VirtualBox & Extension pack

Finally, install VirtualBox & Extension pack on your Ubuntu 18.04 / Debian 9 system by running the commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install linux-headers-$(uname -r) dkms
sudo apt install virtualbox virtualbox-ext-pack

Sample installation output:

Once VirtualBox is installed, you can launch it using the terminal or Desktop applications search.


You should now have the latest version of VirtualBox installed on your Ubuntu 18.04 / Debian 9 system.{text-align:left} img{margin:0 auto 0 0}

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