Install Virtualbox 5.1.6 On Ubuntu 16.04 / LinuxMint

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This tutorial shows how you can install Oracle Virtualbox 5.1.6 On Ubuntu 16.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS, Linux Mint 17 / 16 / 15 and Elementary OS

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 5.1.6

  • GUI: fixed issue with opening '.vbox' files and it's aliases
  • GUI: keyboard grabbing fixes.
  • GUI: fix for passing through Ctrl + mouse-click (Mac OS X hosts )
  • GUI: fixed automatic deletion of extension pack files
  • USB: fixed showing unknown device instead of the manufacturer or product description under certain circumstances (5.1.0 regression)
  • XHCI: another fix for a hanging guest under certain conditions as result of the fix for, this time for Windows 7 guests
  • Serial: fixed high CPU usage with certain USB to serial converters on Linux hosts
  • Storage: fixed attaching stream optimized VMDK images
  • Storage: reject image variants which are unsupported by the backend
  • Storage: fixed loading saved states created with VirtualBox 5.0.10 and older when using a SCSI controller
  • Storage: fixed broken NVMe emulation if the host I/O cache setting is enabled()
  • Storage: fixed using multiple NVMe controllers if ICH9 is used
  • NVMe: fixed a crash during reset which could happen under certain circumstances
  • Audio: fixed microphone input (5.14 regression)
  • Audio: fixed crashes under certain conditions 
  • Audio: fixed recording with the ALSA backend 
  • Audio: fixed stream access mode with OSS backend
  • E1000: do also return masked bits when reading the ICR register, this fixes booting from iPXE
  • BIOS: fixed 4bpp scanline calculation
  • API: relax the check for the version attribute in OVF/OVA appliances
  • Windows hosts: fixed crashes when terminating the VM selector or other VBox COM clients
  • Linux Installer: fixed path to the documentation in .rpm packages
  • Linux Installer: fixed the vboxdrv.sh script to prevent an SELinux complaint
  • Linux hosts: don't use 32-bit legacy capabilities
  • Linux Additions: Linux 4.8 fix for the kernel display driver
  • Linux Additions: don't load the kernel modules provided by the Linux distribution but load the kernel modules from the official Guest Additions package instead.
  • Linux Additions: fix dynamic resizing problems in recent Linux guests
  • User Manual: fixed error in the VBoxManage chapter for the getextradata enumerate example 

Installation steps

Two ways to install Virtualbox on Ubuntu / LinuxMint / ElementaryOS
  • 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 5.1.6
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_5.1.6-110634~Ubuntu~xenial_amd64.deb 

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