Install Oracle Virtualbox 5.1.12 On Ubuntu 16.04 / LinuxMint

This tutorial shows how you can install Oracle Virtualbox 5.1.12 On Ubuntu 16.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS and Linux Mint. Virtualbox is an Open...


This tutorial shows how you can install Oracle Virtualbox 5.1.12 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 5.1.12


  • VMM: fixed VERR_IEM_ASPECT_NOT_IMPLEMENTED Guru Meditations with certain Linux guests if KVM paravirtualization is enabled (5.1 regression)
  • VMM: fixed VERR_VMX_UNABLE_TO_START_VM Guru Meditations under rare conditions
  • GUI: prevent a crash under certain conditions if the VM is terminated very early
  • GUI: fixed certain keyboard capture issues (5.1.10 regression; Mac OS X hosts only)
  • GUI: fixed dragging guest windows in seamless mode with the keyboard captured (X11 hosts only)
  • GUI: fixed a problem where the new version detected dialog was covered by the appliance import dialog (Mac OS X hosts only)
  • Storage: fixed NVMe reset processing when doing rmmod nvme; modprobe nvme in a Linux guest
  • Storage: fixed creating a snapshot when the VM is running and an NVMe controller is present
  • Storage: fixed a problem with the LsiLogic SCSI controller where requests could be lost with SMP guests
  • E1000: fixed "cable disconnected" issue (Mac OS X guests only; 5.1.10 regression)
  • E1000: fixed "TX unit hang" issue (Linux guests only; 5.1.10 regression)
  • Parallel ports: fixed port enumeration on Windows host
  • API: don't crash when sanitizing certain VM names
  • Linux hosts: automatically disable asynchronous I/O on Linux 2.6.18 kernels as high I/O load may trigger kernel oopses on these kernels if this feature is enabled
  • Linux hosts / guests: Linux 2.6.28 compile fix
  • Linux hosts: compile Linux 4.9 compile fix
  • Linux Additions: warn the user about a known bug with older Linux guests (e.g. Debian 7) requiring manual work to get 3D working.
  • Linux Additions: fix the graphics driver build with Linux 4.10 and later.
  • Windows Additions: fixed a crash in the WDDM driver under certain conditions

Installation steps

Two ways for first time installing  Virtualbox on Ubuntu / LinuxMint / ElementaryOS
  • Method 1: Via PPA
  • Method 2: Via deb file

Method 1: Via PPA

Step 1: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 2: 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 5.1.12
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_5.1.12-112440-Ubuntu-xenial_amd64.deb

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