View Full Version : Installing VirtualBox the right way

31st January 2013, 09:25 PM
Well, I've seen a lot of people having trouble with VirtualBox, me included. Here is the process of installing Oracle VM VirtualBox correctly on Fedora 18 Spherical Cow.

Go to the VirtualBox website (http://virtualbox.org) and navigate to the Downloads page (https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads). Then, select your architecture, download the RPM, and install it.

Or, you can do this all from the command line:


rpm -ivh 'http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/4.2.6/VirtualBox-4.2-4.2.6_82870_fedora18-1.i686.rpm'

AMD 64-bit

rpm -ivh 'http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/4.2.6/VirtualBox-4.2-4.2.6_82870_fedora18-1.x86_64.rpm'

And you should have VirtualBox ready to go with no issues.

Just a note to KDE users: you may have to log out, then back in to refresh the KDE menu.

31st January 2013, 09:38 PM
You do know that they have a repository, right? Using the repository instead of the rpm would be much more convenient.


For a new fedora release, I have noticed that the repository becomes active sometime after beta is released.

31st January 2013, 10:38 PM
Especially go to https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads

and look at the section about "RPM-based Linux distributions"

31st January 2013, 10:43 PM
Dont forget to install the service paks and Guest additions.

One advantage from downloading from their site is getting a newly released version as it may not be in the redhat repos yet.

Otherwise, The only problem I have ever had with vb is the usb automount but did eventually work that out. :)