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How To Install VirtualBox On Linux Mint 20

VirtualBox is an open-source hypervisor application for creating and running virtual machines on a single host machine. VirtualBox can be installed on operating systems, including Linux, Windows, Solaris, and macOS.
VirtualBox is released under GPL v2 and its extension pack is released under PUEL (Personal Use and Evaluation License).
In this beginner’s tutorial, I’ll show you the steps VirtualBox 6.1 in linux Mint 20.04. I am including the screenshots for each step so that you can easily follow the tutorial.

Install VirtualBox On Linux Mint 20

1. Add VirtualBox Repository

Open up a terminal and then import the public key of the Oracle VirtualBox repository on your system.

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

Add the VirtualBox repository using the below command.

echo "deb [arch=amd64] focal contrib" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list

2. Install VirtualBox

First, update the repository index.

$ sudo apt update

Then, Install the VirtualBox using the apt command.

$ sudo apt install -y virtualbox-6.1

After the installation, check the VirtualBox Linux kernel module service status to ensure the VirtualBox installation is successful.

$ sudo systemctl status vboxdrv
VirtualBox Service Status
VirtualBox Service Status

Access VirtualBox

Start VirtualBox: Menu » Administration » Oracle VM VirtualBox.

Start VirtualBox
Start VirtualBox

or type in terminal following command:

$ virtualbox

You should get the home screen of the Oracle VirtualBox Manager.

VirtualBox Running Virtual Machine On Linux Mint
VirtualBox Running Virtual Machine On Linux Mint


Congratulations! You have successfully installed VirtualBox. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of VirtualBox on Linux Mint system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official VirtualBox website.


  1. i follow the instructions and when trying to load 6.1 get the error message “package virtualbox 6,1 is not available but is referred to by another package”

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