How to Install VirtualBox on CentOS 7

r00t January 19, 2018

Install VirtualBox on CentOS 7

In this tutorial we’ll learn how to install VirtualBox on CentOS 7. We will also install and configure its prerequisites. Virtualbox is an advanced virtualization platform. It runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and Solaris hosts and supports a great number of guest operating systems. It is available as Open Source Software (GPL2). It’s lightweight and actively developed, so it is acceptable for use in workstations.

I recommend to use a minimal CentOS server setup as a basis for the tutorial, that can be a virtual or a root server image with an CentOS 7 minimal install from a web hosting company or you use our minimal server tutorial to install a server from scratch.

Install VirtualBox on CentOS 7

Step 1. First, ensure your system and apt package lists are fully up-to-date by running the following:

yum -y install epel-release
yum -y update

Step 2. Installing VirtualBox.

First, Install all Virtualbox dependencies:

yum install gcc make patch dkms qt libgomp kernel-headers kernel-devel fontforge binutils glibc-headers glibc-devel

Now install VirtualBox Latest Version 5.2:

yum install VirtualBox-5.2

Once VirtualBox package is installed then rebuild the kernel modules using the following command:

/usr/lib/virtualbox/vboxdrv.sh setup

Add your user name in to vboxuser group:

usermod -a -G vboxusers rezkia

We have just finished to install VirtualBox on CentOS 7 and now we can start VirtualBox by using command:

virtualbox

Or simply open Applications –> System Tools –> Oracle VM VirtualBox.

Congratulation’s! You have successfully install VirtualBox on your CentOS 7 server. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing VirtualBox virtualization on CentOS 7 system.

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