Install Virtualbox 5.1.4 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, Linux Mint 17 / 16 / 15. 

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 5.1.4

  • GUI: show actual VM uptime in the session information window
  • Audio: re-enabled speakers for Mac OS X guests (5.1.0 regression)
  • Audio: fixed crashes under certain conditions
  • USB: fixed a hang under certain conditions
  • USB: fixed a hanging guest under certain conditions
  • PIIX4: implemented dummy SMBus controller to prevent annoying Linux kernel warnings about uninitialized SMBus base address
  • NVMe: several fixes to improve stability, fixed a crash while saving a VM state
  • VMDK: Fixed an issue creating fixed size images with certain sizes and the Split2G option enabled
  • VHDX: fixed cloning images with VBoxManage clonehd
  • Storage: Fixed broken bandwidth limitation when the limit is very low
  • EFI: fixed sending debug messages in the EFI firmware if a serial port is enabled
  • OVF: when importing appliances, make sure that the version of the embedded VirtualBox-specific settings is processed, to get the default settings handling right
  • VBoxManage: Don't try to set the medium type if there is no change
  • Linux installer: fixed some scripting issues
  • Linux installer: fixed a path issue on certain Linux distributions
  • Windows hosts: fixed corrupted mouse pointers with some Linux and Solaris guests
  • Linux Additions: made the video driver work on 32-bit guests with large video memory sizes
  • Linux Additions: made the video driver work on kernel 4.7 and later
  • Linux Additions: converted a failure message to an informational one when drivers could not be stopped during upgrade
  • Linux Additions: made the video driver work around an X server bug which cause screen refresh to stop
  • Windows Additions: auto-resizing fixes for Windows 10 guest
  • Windows Additions: fixed VBoxTray problems with Windows 2000

Installation steps

Two ways to install Virtualbox on Ubuntu / LinuxMint / ElementaryOS
  1. Method 1: Via PPA
  2. 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 5.1.2
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
gdebi -i virtualbox-5.1_5.1.4-110228~Ubuntu~xenial_amd64.deb
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