Install Oracle Virtualbox 5.1.20 On Ubuntu 16.04 / LinuxMint

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This tutorial shows how you can install Oracle Virtualbox 5.1.20 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 5.1.20

  • GUI: don't check if the Extension Pack is up-to-date if the user is about to install a new Extension pack.
  • GUI: fixed a possible crash when switching a multi-monitor VM into full-screen or seamless mode
  • GUI: fixed non-literal shortcuts if the keyboard is not captured (5.1.10 regression; Windows hosts only)
  • GUI: several mini-toolbar fixes in full-screen / seamless mode (X11 hosts only)
  • GUI: don't crash on restoring defaults in the appliance import dialog
  • Windows Additions: another fix for automatic logins for Windows Vista and newer.
  • ICH9: fix for Windows guests with a huge amount (>64G) of guest memory
  • BIOS: fixed El Torito hard disk emulation geometry calculation.

Installation steps

Two ways to install Virtualbox on Ubuntu / LinuxMint
  • Method 1: Via Repos
  • Method 2: Via deb file

Method 1: Via Repos

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 5.1.20
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_5.1.20-114628~Ubuntu~xenial_amd64.deb
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