How to Install an Ubuntu Virtual Machine VirtualBox

Are you looking for a quick and easy way to install an Ubuntu virtual machine? Look no further than this tutorial! In just a few minutes, you’ll be up and running with a brand new Ubuntu VM on VirtualBox.

VirtualBox is a cross-platform virtualization application. It allows you to run one operating system inside another. For example, you can use VirtualBox to run Ubuntu inside Windows.

Installing a virtual machine is a two-step process: first you create the virtual machine, then you install the operating system of your choice onto the virtual machine.

How to Install an Ubuntu Virtual Machine

What is a Virtual Machine?

A virtual machine is a software program that allows you to run an operating system within another operating system.

So, for example, you could install Ubuntu Linux on a Windows computer using a virtual machine.

Virtual machines are useful because they allow you to try out different operating systems without actually having to install them on your computer.

What is VirtualBox?

VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use.

Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.

VirtualBox is a cross-platform virtualization application. What does that mean? For one thing, it installs on your existing Intel or AMD-based computers, whether they are running Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, or Oracle Solaris operating systems (OSes).

Why Use a Virtual Machine?

There are many reasons why you would want to use a virtual machine. If you are a software developer, you may need to test your code on different operating systems or configuration.

If you are a web designer, you may need to test your website on different browsers. Virtual machines allow you to do this without having to install multiple physical machines.

Additionally, virtual machines can be used for security. By running a virtual machine inside of your main operating system, you can isolate it from the rest of your system.

This is useful if you want to run untrusted or experimental software without risk of damaging your main system.

Finally, virtual machines can be used for convenience. If you use multiple operating systems regularly, you can use a virtual machine to run them all on one computer instead of having to install multiple physical machines.

How to Install Ubuntu on VirtualBox

If you want to try out Ubuntu without installing it on your computer, you can use a virtual machine.

A virtual machine is a simulated computer that runs inside your real computer. You can install Ubuntu on a virtual machine, which is useful for trying out new features or software without affecting your main operating system.

In this article, we’ll show you how to install Ubuntu on VirtualBox. VirtualBox is a free and open-source virtualization software from Oracle. It’s available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Before we get started, there are a few things you’ll need:

  1. A computer with an Intel or AMD processor that supports virtualization
  2. A copy of Ubuntu (we recommend the latest LTS release)
  3. A copy of VirtualBox (free from Oracle)

Once you have everything you need, follow the steps below to install Ubuntu on VirtualBox.

How to Configure Your Virtual Machine

Now that you have VirtualBox installed, it’s time to set up your first virtual machine. This process is different depending on which host operating system you’re using, but we’ll cover the basics for Windows and macOS.

First, launch the VirtualBox application. You should see a window like this:

To create a new virtual machine, click the “New” button in the top-left corner of the VirtualBox window. You’ll see a new window appear with a bunch of options:

Give your virtual machine a name (e.g., “Ubuntu VM”) and select the type of operating system you want to install from the “Type” drop-down menu.

If you don’t see your desired operating system listed, click the “Other” option and select it from the next drop-down menu.

Once you’ve chosen an operating system, select the version from the next drop-down menu (e.g., “Ubuntu (64-bit)”).

If you don’t see your desired version listed, choose the nearest one and continue with the installation process—you can always upgrade to your desired version once Ubuntu is up and running in your virtual machine

Now that you’ve selected an operating system and version, it’s time to allocate some storage space for your virtual machine.

The default option is to create a virtual hard disk now, so go ahead and select that option and click “Create.”

What’s Next?

Now that you have your Ubuntu virtual machine set up, it’s time to get started using it! Here are some things you can do:

  • Install Ubuntu Desktop: If you want a GUI for your Ubuntu virtual machine, you can install the Ubuntu Desktop package. This will give you a full fledged desktop environment that you can use just like you would on a physical computer.
  • Install Ubuntu Server: If you’re planning on using your Ubuntu virtual machine as a server, then you’ll want to install the Ubuntu Server package. This will give you a minimalistic installation of Ubuntu that is optimized for running servers.
  • Configure Your Network: By default, your Ubuntu virtual machine will have its networking disabled. You’ll need to configure the networking settings in order for your VM to be able to connect to the internet or other networked computers.


If you want to install an Ubuntu virtual machine on your Windows 10 computer, you can do so using the free VirtualBox software.

VirtualBox allows you to run a virtual machine on your computer, which is useful for testing new software or operating systems without affecting your main computer.

Follow the steps below to install Ubuntu in a VirtualBox virtual machine.

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