VirtualBox Guest Addition Software is a suite of utilities that enhances the virtual machine’s operating systems and improves the management of the machine. When you install a new operating system on a VirtualBox virtual machine, your first task should be to install the Guest Addition Software.
This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install it on a virtual machine running Ubuntu 17.10 operating system. These are some of the benefits you get when you install the tool on the virtual machine operating systems:
Tight integration between the host and virtual machine operating systems, improvement to the VM graphics performance, Shared folder between the host and guest machines, copying and pasting of text, images and files between the host and guest machine as well as mouse improvement.
So, VirtualBox Guest Additions tool is pretty important to have on the guest operating system.
To install VirtualBox Guest Additions software on Ubuntu virtual machine operating systems, select the Devices from VirtualBox host application menu and click Insert Guest Additions CD image…
This should mount a virtual CD/DVD drive inside the Ubuntu guest machine. When that happens, you should get a prompt to run the software. Click Run to begin the installation.
You will have to type your password to install the software. If your account is not an administrative account, the installation will fail..
The Guest Additions suite of utilities is the official tools for VirtualBox virtual guest machines. However, there’s an opensource version that also works with Ubuntu as well. But it’s won’t provide you the same features and compatibility you’d get with the Guest Additions software.
The Opensource Version
Alternatively, you can install the opensource version of Guest Additions software… however, I’ve found that the official tools are better for VirtualBox guest machine operating systems. You can test it out to see if it works in your environment.
Restart the guest machine and you’re set.
To enable copying and pasting between the guest machine and the host, go to the guest machines settings page (General –> Advanced) and enable it as shown below
Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed VirtualBox guest additions software on Ubuntu guest machine.
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