The following article will describe a simple procedure on how to install Virtual box on Debian Linux.

Operating System and Software Versions

  • Operating System: - Debian 9 Stretch
  • Software: - VirtualBox 5.1


Privileged access to your Debian system will be required.




  • # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
  • $ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user


Add VirtualBox Repository

In the first step add VirtualBox repository to your local /etc/apt/sources.list file:
# echo "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian stretch contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
Add VirtualBox repository public key:
# wget -q -O- https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox_2016.asc | apt-key add
Update local repository package list:
# apt-get udpate

Install VirtualBox

List all available VirtualBox version:
$ apt-cache search virtualbox | grep ^virtualbox
virtualbox-5.0 - Oracle VM VirtualBox
virtualbox-5.1 - Oracle VM VirtualBox
Install desired VirtualBox version eg.:
# apt-get install virtualbox-5.1
All done.
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