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I have a VirtualBox VM set up on OS X Lion. How do I have it automatically start when I log into my account?

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See apple.stackexchange.com/questions/3030/… but open the VM file to boot it rather than the VB app. –  user588 May 22 '12 at 4:07
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Add the .VDI file for the VM you wish to auto run to your System Preferences > Users > Login Item. You can find the .VDI file in the folder of the VM. The default name of the folder VirtualBox saves these to is called VirtualBox VMs.

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You have to add the .vbox file to the startup items rather than the .vdi like dennis.hempler said. The .vbox is specially designed for booting VMs without opening the app.

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