VirtualBox virtualization software installation on CentOS Linux

In order to install VirtualBox virtualization software on CentOS Linux first install prerequisites:

yum install kernel-devel gcc

Next, download relevant RPM package to your CentOS version from

Once downloaded, navigate to directory where you have downloaded the VirtualBox RPM and execute check its signature eg.:

# rpm --import
# rpm --checksig VirtualBox-5.0-5.0.0_101573_el7-1.x86_64.rpm

If signature match use below command to install VirtualBox package while replacing package version number with the one you have downloaded previously:

yum localinstall VirtualBox-5.0-5.0.0_101573_el7-1.x86_64.rpm

If from some reason the Virtualbox module compilation fails then check /var/log/vbox-install.log to rectify the cause and attempt to recompile:

# /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup
Stopping VirtualBox kernel modules                         [  OK  ]                                                                                                     
Removing old VirtualBox pci kernel module                  [  OK  ]                                                                                                     
Removing old VirtualBox netadp kernel module               [  OK  ]                                                                                                     
Removing old VirtualBox netflt kernel module               [  OK  ]                                                                                                     
Removing old VirtualBox kernel module                      [  OK  ]                                                                                                     
Recompiling VirtualBox kernel modules                      [  OK  ]                                                                                                     
Starting VirtualBox kernel modules                         [  OK  ] 

Now you can start VirtualBox from main Menu or from command line:

$ virtualbox


In case you are getting an error messages about conflicting version already installed, you need to first uninstall your current virtualbox software. Example:

# rpm -qa | grep -i virtualbox
# yum remove VirtualBox-4.3-4.3.28_100309_el7-1.x86_64

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