VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use.


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Guest Additions

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y
sudo apt install build-essential dkms linux-headers-$(uname -r)

Mount the Guest Additions and run


When no USB-device is reported to send to vm

sudo adduser $USER vboxusers



VirtualBox CLI

Description Command Option(s)
List All VMS VBoxManage list vms -
List running VMS VBoxManage list runningvms More details add -l
Show VM Properties VBoxManage showvminfo <vm> -
Start VM (Not HeadLess) VBoxManage startvm <vm> --type headless
Stop Time Sync Between Host and Client VBoxManage setextradata <vm> "VBoxInternal/Devices/VMMDev/0/Config/GetHostTimeDisabled" "1" -
Send ACPI Shutdown Signal VBoxManage controlvm <vm> acpipowerbutton -
PowerOff VM VBoxManage controlvm <vm> poweroff -
Reset VM VBoxManage controlvm <vm> reset -
Pauze VM VBoxManage controlvm <vm> pause -
Resume VM VBoxManage controlvm <vm> resume -
Memory VBoxManage modifyvm <vm> --memory 1024 -
CPUs VBoxManage modifyvm –cpus 4` -


For example running Ubuntu Server headless with Virtualbox on top, you can install xorg (sudo apt install xorg) to be able to use SSH and manage the interface.

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