VirtualBox is Oracle's virtualization software. It allows running of Linux and Windows on a Mac under OS X.

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Dual boot versus VM storage use?

Which requires the least total storage to run Windows 7, configuring an MBA for dual-boot with Bootcamp, or using a VM (Parallels, VMWare, VirtualBox)? For the smallest solution, how many free GB ...
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Virtual machines to install for OS+Ubuntu+Windows

I have a MacBook Pro running OS X Lion 10.7.2, and I am going to install VMware to run virtual Windows. I would like to use Ubuntu at the same time; is it technically possible? Do I need to install ...
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Not enough free space on OS X Base System while installing El Capitan with VirtualBox

I am getting an error while installing OS on Virtual Box machine, that there is not enough free space as shown in the image. I allocated 20GB while setting up virtual machine, and 8.8GB is what apple ...
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Maximising VirtualBox guest machine window size

I am running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS inside VirtualBox on a MacBook Air 7,2, but the guest screen window size is less than the host display size. I have seen a suggestion that this is possible by installing ...
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'localhost' stoped working as an alias for '127.0.0.1' for SSHing into my VirtualBox VM. Why, and how to fix?

The question explains the problem. For months I've never had any problems along these lines. Then, yesterday morning, I couldn't get into my VM! Took a long time to troubleshoot but here was the ...
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What is a painless and free way to test Internet Explorer 10 on a Mac? [closed]

I’m a graphics (minimal tech) guy struggling to find an easy way of testing Internet Explorer on my Mac. I don’t have access to a Windows PC, and I don’t want to spend any money to test IE. ...
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OSX 10.9 Mavericks VirtualBox unable to use Bridged Networking

Since upgrading to OSX 10.9 Mavericks VirtualBox machines that have a Bridged Network have been unable to start. Installing VirtualBox again solves the problem temporarily, but this does not survive ...
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Migrating an old physical Windows PC to a virtual machine on the Mac

I have a soon-to-be-retired Sony Windows XP PC and I want to transfer it to my Mac and run it as a virtual machine on my Mac. I have used Parallels and VMware before on a Mac but I have always ...
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OS X in VM Ware or Virtual Box

Is it possible to run OS X in VM Ware? I want to setup a virtualized OS X for testing instead of going to buy another mac. Can I do that technically and legally? To be explicit I do own a mac already....
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Installing windows 8 using bootcamp or virtual box

I've been looking around and haven't found an idiot proof guide to partitioning my mac to run windows 8. Unfortunately, that's what I need as I have not knowledge of any of the required software/...
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VirtualBox 4.3.26 on OSX 10.10.2 Fails to install

I am trying to install VirtualBox on my iMac and it keeps failing right at the end of the installation process. The end of the log file shows Mar 23 07:59:22 AlexsMac installd[61695]: PackageKit: ...
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VirtualBox: run OS X inside OS X

I am using Oracle VirtualBox to run OS X inside OS X. This entails running OS X on Mac-branded hardware so does not break any license agreements. I am following the instructions on this site: http://...
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Window size of VirtualBox on mac

I'm trying to install Windows by using VirtualBox on mac, but the size of VirtualBox don't fit the size of my mac. The window size is too small, how can I make it fit my computer? By the way, I'm ...
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Possible to install VM in another VM?

Currently I own an MacBookPro. For some reasons, I need to run Windows. So I installed Windows XP using VirtualBox (a free virtual machine). My questions is: Can my Windows XP (which run from my ...
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VirtualBox error (0x1)

I am trying to install Ubuntu on Virtual Box instead of Parallels for a change. However VirtualBox was being a little problematic. First during the installation it finished with "Could not complete ...
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El Capitan GM and USB passthrough

After updgrading to El Capitan GM, I noticed that usb passthrough no longer works in VirtualBox, and this seems to be occuring for everyone. I have found several threads on VirtualBox forums ...
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Mac OSX Virtual box running appliance copied from Windows

I had to work out of the office today and brought a copy of the Windows 2000 appliance I have on my Windows 7 machine at the office. Copied this to the Mac I am now on (Mavericks) and copied the ...
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VirtualBox Win7 enable horizontal trackpad scrolling

I use a Windows 7 installtion in Virtual Box. The magic track works fine for scrolling up and down but scrolling sideways doesn't work. Does anyone know how to get it working?
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How to input accented characters to an OS running in a VM?

I have a MacBook Pro with English (US) keyboard layout. I usually hold the right-alt (option) key, and press E to activate the accented vowel insertion (it shows a placeholder where the accented ...
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How to get Mac OS X to run in a VM on Windows

I want to be able to run RubyMotion on Windows 7 computers. But RubyMotion only runs on Mac OS X Lion. So it seems like the only option is to run a virtual machine on the Windows 7 computers which ...
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Function keystrokes 'ate' by host when running Win7 in a VirtualBox

I'm a recent Mac convert, but still need to use Windows for work related tasks. A man's gotta eat & pay for internet access. I have VirtualBox setup w/ a Windows 7 VM. The VM has Visual Studio ...
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Good Linux distribution for Macbook Air and VirtualBox

I have seen many Linux distributions tried to be used in Macbook Air, for instance. One custom made of Redhat Linux is one successful port in VirtualBox but it is not public. However, I would like ...
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Ubuntu VM on the new MacBook

I need Ubuntu 14.04 for a class I'm doing, but I didn't want to install it side-by-side. Does VirtualBox runs smoothly on the new MacBook(http://imgur.com/zGmsv0o) ?
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Right click in Ubuntu Virtual Box guest VM is not working

I am running Ubuntu in Virtualbox in Mac OS. I found that rightclick in the guest Ubuntu, by tapping the trackpad while pressing ctrl key, doesn't work. E.G. it doesn't show the menu for file ...
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How to Enlarge Disk Image in VirtualBox?

I have VirtualBox 5 in OS X El Capitan 10.11.3. There is an option in Windows's VirtualBox to enlarge the image here described. However, I cannot find a similar way for OS X. My storage looks like ...
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Problem with startup script rc.local in OS X 10.10 Yosemite (Running Bootcamp in VirtualBox)

Until OS X 10.9 I could also run bootcamp within Virtualbox (through a .vmdk file). In order to do this I needed to unmount the bootcamp partition after changing the permissions during the OS X ...
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Why am I using LLVM?

I was testing the 14.04 release of Ubuntu on VirtualBox, and later, after having gotten a pretty good idea of the changes, removed VirtualBox from my computer. However, when I ran the command 'python' ...
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2560x1440 resolution in linux vm with virtualbox or vmware

I've got a macbook air (10.8.2) and want to use an external monitor with 2560x1440 resolution with a Linux (Debian) virtual machine. I want to use the vm in fullscreen mode, with 2560x1440 resolution. ...
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How can I launch a Virtualbox VM from the Dock?

How can I put my VirtualBox on my Dock in Mac OS X Lion. I want to have it on my dock so I can click on it to launch it.
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virtualbox running win7 64bit, too slow

I have a MBP, i5 CPU and 4G ram. I run win7 using virtualbox and I allocate 2G ram for win7, only to find my Mac acts too slowly. What can I do for that? Am I allocating too much ram?
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Are the keystrokes under guest Ubuntu via Virtualbox supposed to be the same in a Ubuntu?

I installed Ubuntu via virtualbox under Mac OS. My keyboard-shortcut experiences with guest Ubuntu until recently were the same as mine with Ubuntu installed directly on a computer. For example, text ...
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How do install OS X El Capitan onto a VM

I am spinning up a VM to do some ruby development. At this point I am trying to install OS X 10.11 to it. I have looked into several ways, but they are not working because I have a bad network ...
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Genymotion overheating MacBook Pro with Yosemite

Every time I start a Genymotion (v2.5.2) device my CPU starts heating real fast and the fan speed goes from good to crazy really quick too. Here's an output from iStats: If I use GPS simulation ...
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Command key when running Mac through virtual box on Windows OS

I just recently installed Yosemite in Virtualbox. Here's the installation video I followed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYMEb0ZCfes My OS is Windows and I'm trying to run Mac using Virtualbox. I ...
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Can I move the OS X that was preinstalled on my MacBook pro to a VM running on the MacBook Pro?

I would like to run linux as the primary operating system on my MacBook Pro to replace the OS X that was pre-installed with the MacBook. I would then like to run OS X inside a virtualbox guest ...
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How to fix VirtualBox that can't open since Mountain Lion upgrade?

I've a lot of softwares on my Mac, so, I've forgot to check some of them before upgrading MacOS to Mountain Lion (from Lion) Since Mountain Lion, VirtualBox throw this message when I try to open it: ...
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Can I create a Windows VirtualBox image on a Linux computer and then use it on my OS X Mac?

I want to try Windows 7 under VirtualBox on my Macbook Air, but I have no optical drive. Rather than going out and buying one, can bypass the optical drive installation by making a Windows 7 ...
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Is it possible to run Snow Leopard (Server) inside VirtualBox on a Mac running Lion?

Is it possible to run Snow Leopard (Server) inside VirtualBox on a Mac running Lion, as a means of continuing to run legacy PowerPC apps (Eudora, Quicken, et.al.) under Rosetta, even on new Macs (Lion ...
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How much RAM is recommended to be assigned to a virtual machine in VirtualBox?

I have installed Ubuntu in VirtualBox under OS X on a MacBook Pro. The laptop has 16 GB RAM, and I assigned about 11 GB to Ubuntu, because I thought that most work would be done in Ubuntu anyway. ...
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What is the keystroke to switch between windows in a guest os (Ubuntu) in VirtualBox?

Using Ubuntu installed as normal operating system, I can switch between windows by using alttab. I installed Ubuntu in a VirtualBox VM with a MacBook Pro/OS X as host. In the Ubuntu guest, alttab ...
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Error when connecting USB Drive to VirtualBox virtual machine

How can I use external hard drive via USB connection on a virtual machine using VirtualBox? I ejected the hard disk from OS X host, then the disk becomes available in OS X virtual machine. Clicking ...
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How do I relocate a existing VM with a OS already installed

I have a VM up and running great with Ubuntu installed onto it. I want to stick it on an external herd drive. How can I do that without breaking it? Do I just drag the files, or is there something ...
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VirtualBox VERR_ACCESS_DENIED

I am trying to install Windows 10 on a partition with this Virtualbox method, where I create a vmdk link to the partition and use it as the drive, run the installer and then reboot. This worked fine ...
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VirtualBox No Internet Win7 Host, OS X Guest [closed]

I have set up Mac OS X 10.9 in a Virtual Machine and I'm struggling to get any internet connection. In my network settings (Mac), it says I'm connected but nothing works. Safari doesn't load any page, ...
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How to install Mac OSX Mountain Lion as virtual OS in Mac OSX Yosemite?

I have Macbook Pro ( late 2011) which I recently upgraded to Yosemite and works fine. It has only one hard drive which is 256GB SSD (Samsung). After purchasing I received Mountain Lion as an app in ...
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Playing videos on VirtualBox Mac OS X guest on Ubuntu 13.04 as host

I managed to install Mac OS X Moutain Lion as a VirtualBox guest OS on Ubuntu 13.04 as host. I need to test a web app which plays HTML5 videos on Safari 6. Unfortunately, I can’t play any video on ...
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Mac OS Virtual Box performances [closed]

If you run Mac OS 10.8 with Virtual Box (on Linux), on a computer that supports hardware virtualization, how good will be the performances? With a powerful computer (i7, 8gb of ram, ssd hd), would ...
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Should I enable Trim for SSD drives in Windows / VirtualBox?

I understand that Trim exists for OSX Mountain Lion, but is there anything I should do for Windows on Virtualbox in this regard?
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VirtualBox Full Screen Stops Working

I have an interesting problem with regards to VirtualBox and displaying a VM in Full Screen mode. First it works, then upon reboot of my Mac it stops working. If I reinstall Virtual Box it starts ...
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How do I expand the hard drive partition of an OSX guest OS in VirtualBox when the disk has been enlarged?

My host system is running OSX El Capitan 10.11.5 and VirtualBox 5.0.22 r108108 Using the information found in another answer, I was successfully able to extract an ISO of my host operating system and ...