Oracle VirtualBox is a cross-platform virtualization application. It installs on your existing Intel or AMD-based computers, whether they are running Windows, Mac, Linux or Solaris operating systems. It extends the capabilities of your existing computer so that it can run multiple operating systems at the same time. Click here to read more about VirtualBox
Oracle has released its new major version VirtualBox 5.2.4 on
Step 1 – Add Required Yum Repositories
Firstly you are required to add VirtualBox yum repository in your system. Download repository file from its official site and place it under at /etc/yum.repos.d/virtualbox.repo .First navigate to /etc/yum.repos.d/ directory and use one of below commands as per your operating system.
cd /etc/yum.repos.d/ For CentOS/RHEL Systems: wget http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/rpm/rhel/virtualbox.repo For Fedora Systems: wget http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/rpm/fedora/virtualbox.repo
CentOS and Red Hat users also need to add EPEL yum repository using one of the following commands.
### CentOS/RHEL 7 ### rpm -Uvh http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/7/x86_64/Packages/e/epel-release-7-11.noarch.rpm ### CentOS/RHEL 6 ### rpm -Uvh http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/x86_64/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm
Step 2 – Install Required Packages
Before installing VirtualBox make sure to install all required packages to run VirtualBox like kernel-headers, kernel-devels etc. Use the following command to install required packages.
yum installgcc make patch dkms qt libgomp yum installkernel-headers kernel-devel fontforge binutils glibc-headers glibc-devel
After installing latest kernel and kernel headers, let’s reboot your system and start with Latest kernel.
Step 3 – Setup Environment Variable
VirtualBox installation required kernel source code to install required modules, So we need to configure environment variable KERN_DIR to which VirtualBox get kernel source code. In my case latest kernel source is available in 2.6.32-504.3.3.el6.x86_64 directory under /usr/src/kernels/ . Make sure you are using correct source path.
export KERN_DIR=/usr/src/kernels/ `uname -r`
Step 4 – Install Oracle VirtualBox and Setup
Use the following command to install VirtualBox using yum command line tool. It will install the latest version of VirtualBox 5.2 on your system.
After installation, we need to rebuild kernel modules using the following command.
service vboxdrv setup
Step 5 – Launch VirtualBox
Use following command to start VirtualBox from X windows. You can switch to GUI mode using init 5 or startx commands from terminal.