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How to Install Ubuntu on VirtualBox [Steps with Screenshots]

Learn to install Ubuntu on VirtualBox to test your projects.

VirtualBox is used to create a virtual network and thereby access various contents virtually. It includes servers, desktops, proxies, firewall, guest mode and more. The developers rely on VirtualBox for testing their development projects in different OS environments before releasing. It supports copying, backing up and transporting files. Also, it is compatible with the different desktop OS and you can install it any desktop environment effortlessly. Among the Linux distributions, Ubuntu is the most popularly used. In this section, we will guide you on How to Install Ubuntu on VirtualBox.

How to Install Ubuntu on VirtualBox?

Follow the step-by-step guidelines to install Ubuntu on VirtualBox.

To Download VirtualBox & Ubuntu ISO,

(1). Open the web browser on your PC and visit https://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop.

(2). Scroll down to and click on Download button next to the latest version of ISO file or Ubuntu disk image.

Click on the Download button
Click on the Download button

(3). When redirected to the support page, hover to the bottom and click on the Download Now button. On the pop-up, click on OK button.

(4). Navigate to https://www.virtualbox.org/ on your browser.

(5). Click on the Download VirtualBox button to get the latest version of Oracle VirtualBox.exe.

Download VirtualBox
Download VirtualBox

To Create a Virutal Machine,

(1). Locate VirtualBox.exe file on your PC and double click on it to install on a Windows PC or Mac PC.

(2). To create a virtual machine, click on New option on the right pane.

Tap on New option
Tap on New option

(3). In the name field, type as Ubuntu, under Type as Linux and in Version as Ubuntu(64/32-bit). Click on Next button.

Enter Name and Operating System
Enter Name and Operating System

(4). On the next screen, select Create a virtual hard disk now option. Tap on Create.

Choose to create a virtual hard disk
Choose to create a virtual hard disk

(5). Next, choose VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) and click on Next button.

Click VHD
Click VHD

(6). Select Dynamically allocated as the storage location on physical hard disk.

Allocate Dynamic Storage
Allocate Dynamic Storage

(7). Select the RAM storage in terms of MB by clicking on the memory size slider. Tap Create.

Choose Hard Disk size: ubuntu on virtualbox
Choose Hard Disk size

(8). When the virtual hard disk is created, you will find Ubuntu in the dashboard.

To Setup Ubuntu disk image file,

(1). On the VirtualBox window, select Settings and choose Storage option from the left pane.

Select Settings
Select Settings

(2). Then select Controller:IDE and click on green + icon to add an optical drive to the IDE controller.

(3). On the pop-up, select Choose disk option to browse the ISO image location.

(4). Navigate to the main screen of VirtualBox and select the Start button to run a virtual machine on Ubuntu.

Select Start
Select Start

(5). A dialog box will appear asking you to Try Ubuntu or Install Ubuntu.

Install Ubuntu on virtualbox
Install Ubuntu

(6). On the Installation type box, select Erase disk and Install Ubuntu. Click on the Install Now button.

Tap on Install Now
Tap on Install Now

(7). You can choose the location and language on the following screen. When the installation gets completed, choose the Restart Now button.

Choose to Restart Device: ubuntu on virtualbox
Choose to Restart Device

Tip! To verify the installation of Ubuntu on VirtualBox, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open the terminal and enter $ pwd followed by $ ls. With this, you will find all the current working directory and the items in it.

Ubuntu on VirtualBox
Ubuntu on VirtualBox

To conclude

Here comes the end of the article installation of Ubuntu on VirtualBox. You can now start using it on the development projects.

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