Install Oracle Virtualbox 5.1.10 On Ubuntu 16.04 / LinuxMint

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This tutorial shows how you can install Oracle Virtualbox 5.1.10 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 5.1.10


  • GUI: the USB filter settings dialog should allow to specify the USB revision in hexadecimal format
  • GUI: fixed crash on certain hosts when pressing certain key combinations (Windows hosts only)
  • GUI: fixed issue with updating the available-geometry on host-screen work-area resize
  • GUI: don't crash / hang on certain environments if accessibility support is enabled
  • GUI: fixed various issues in Unscaled HiDPI Output mode
  • GUI: extend the VM Input menu with Print Screen-related actions
  • GUI: improved handling of inserting the Guest Additions ISO image by trying all available optical drives rather than only the first one and by not asking the user if he wants to force unmounting (which doesn't work in most cases anyway)
  • API: default to RTC using UTC for Solaris 11 guests
  • Settings: be less restrictive when reading a VM configuration containing a host-only adapter without an interface name
  • Storage: fixed resizing VDI images resulting in an unbootable image under certain circumstances 
  • NAT: fixed several 5.1.10 regressions on Mac OS X and Windows hosts 
  • Audio: fixed a few 5.1.x regressions by using the audio code from 5.0.x until the audio overhaul is completed
  • VBoxManage: fixed documentation of the storagectl command 
  • Build system: another fix for building VirtualBox on systems which default to Python 3
  • Windows hosts: hardening fix for Windows 10 build 14971 
  • Windows Additions: properly start the VirtualBox guest services even if the guest user name contains special characters
  • Solaris Additions: fixed preemptible mouse notification callback being executed under a spinlock for Solaris guests
  • Linux hosts / guests: Linux 4.9 fixes
  • Linux Additions: fixed Linux kernel module override rule (thanks Mark Furneaux)

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 5.1.10
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  virtualbox-5.1_5.1.10-112026~Ubuntu~xenial_amd64.deb
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