The objective of this tutorial is to install VirtualBox on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux. VirtualBox is a free and open-source hosted hypervisor for x86 virtualization developed and maintained by the Oracle Corporation.

In this tutorial you will learn:
VirtualBox on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux
VirtualBox on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux

Software Requirements and Conventions Used

Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Installed Ubuntu 20.04 or upgraded Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa
Software Oracle Virtualbox
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # - 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

Install VirtualBox on Ubuntu 20.04 step by step instructions

  1. Install VirtualBox from command line

    To install virtualbox from a command line open the terminal window and enter the following apt command:
    $ sudo apt install virtualbox
    All done. To start the Virtualbox execute:
    $ virtualbox
    You can now for example test the VirtualBox installation by creating a new Ubuntu 64-bit virtual machine and booting into Ubuntu 20.04 downloaded ISO image.

    Optionally you can now install VirtualBox Extension Pack to add some extra features to your VirtualBox installation.

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  3. Install VirtualBox from GNOME Desktop

  4. Open Software application
    Use the top left Activities menu to open the Software application.
    Search for virtualbox
    Search for virtualbox keyword.
    Begin the virtualBox installation
    To begin the VirtualBox installation hit the install button.
    Enter your password
    Enter your password. Your user must belong to the sudo group in order to proceed with the installation.
    VirtualBox installation is completed
    Once the VirtualBox installation is completed simply click on Launch button or use Activities menu to start the VirtualBox application.
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