Install Oracle Virtualbox 5.1.14 On Ubuntu 16.04 / LinuxMint

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This tutorial shows how you can install Oracle Virtualbox 5.1.14 On Ubuntu 16.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS and Linux Mint 


Virtualbox is an Open source application for running operating systems virtually in your base system,with this application you can create and run multiple Operating systems virtually in your PC. 

Virtualbox available for Multiple operating systems (ie) windows,Solaris,MacOS-X and Linux

Changelog in virtualbox 5.1.14


  • VMM: fixed emulation of certain instructions for 64-bit guests on 32-bit hosts
  • VMM: properly handle certain MSRs for 64-bit guests on ancient CPUs without VT-x support for MSR bitmaps
  • GUI: fixed a crash with multimonitor setups under certain conditions
  • GUI: allow cloning of snapshots when the VM is running
  • NVMe: fixed compatibility with the Storage Performance Development Kit
  • VBoxSVC: fixed a crash under rare circumstances
  • VBoxManage: added a sanity check to modifymedium --resize to prevent users from resizing their hard disk from 1GB to 1PB
  • Windows hosts: another fix for recent Windows 10 hosts
  • Linux hosts: Linux 4.10 fixes
  • Linux Additions: fixed protocol error during certain operations on shared folders

Installation steps

Two ways to install Virtualbox on Ubuntu / LinuxMint
  • Method 1: Via PPA
  • Method 2: Via deb file

Method 1: Via PPA

Step 1: Before installing the new version , we need to remove the older using the software center or use the below command
sudo apt-get remove virtualbox virtualbox-4.* virtualbox-5.0
Step 2:Add the Packages list to sources.list
$sh -c "echo 'deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian '$(lsb_release -cs)' contrib non-free' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list"
Note : LinuxMint and elementary OS users have to replace the name manually in place of $(lsb_release -cs).

Step 3: Download and install the Key for Virtualbox
wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox_2016.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
Step 3: Update the Repository
sudo apt-get update
Step 4: Install Virtualbox 5.1.14
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-5.1

Method 2: Via deb file

If you are not comfortable with the PPA for installing the Virtualbox ,then manually download the deb file and install it.

Step 1: Download the deb files from here according to your distribution

Step 2: Install the deb file
dpkg -i virtualbox-5.1_5.1.14-112924~Ubuntu~xenial_amd64.deb
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