Install Oracle Virtualbox 5.1.16 On Ubuntu 16.04 / LinuxMint

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This tutorial shows how you can install Oracle Virtualbox 5.1.16 On Ubuntu 16.10/ 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 5.1.16

  • VMM: don't access the MSR_IA32_SMM_MONITOR_CTL MSR if dual-monitor treatment is not available (KVM workaround)
  • VMM: another fix for handling certain MSRs on ancient CPUs without VT-x support for MSR bitmaps
  • VMM: fixed VERR_SSM_LOAD_CPUID_MISMATCH errors when restoring a saved state with SMP guests on hosts without the CPUID/HTT bit set.
  • VMM: fixed a bug in call gate emulation
  • VMM: FWAIT instruction fix
  • VMM: fixed a sporadic guest hang under certain conditions
  • GUI: hide the mini-toolbar from the taskbar and the pager on certain X11 hosts
  • GUI: better error handling on the global settings / network / host-only / DHCP server settings
  • GUI: fixes for full-screen with multiple screens
  • Host-only Network: fixed host-only adapter creation issue preventing VirtualBox installation on Windows 10 hosts
  • NAT network: fixed two potential crashes in the DHCP server
  • ICH9: fixed incorrect initialization of the primary bus for PCI bridges (5.1.14 regression)
  • Storage: LsiLogic fix for Windows 10
  • USB: fixed not being able to attach certain USB devices having invalid characters in the device strings (5.0.18 regression)
  • USB: several fixes for the USB/IP support.
  • VBoxSVC: fixed another crash during shutdown under rare circumstances
  • VBoxSVC: fixed a stack overflow on (Windows debug builds only)
  • OVF: when importing an appliance handle more than 10 network adapters if the OVA was created by VirtualBox
  • OVF: fixes for exporting and importing appliances with many disks
  • VBoxManage: fixed regression with modifyhd --resize
  • rdesktop-vrdp: source code tarball fixes
  • Linux Installers: do not rebuild kernel modules unnecessarily
  • Linux hosts: added an action for opening the VM manager window to the .desktop file
  • Linux hosts / guests: Linux 4.11 compile fixes
  • Linux Additions: added vboxsf FS modules alias
  • Linux Additions: fix for the shared folders kernel module to compile on Linux 4.10
  • Linux Additions: properly install the Linux kernel module override rule on distributions without /etc/depmod.d
  • Windows Additions: fixed a crash with recent Windows 10 builds if 3D is disabled

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 by using 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 5.1.16
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_5.1.16-113841~Ubuntu~xenial_amd64.deb

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