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

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How can I install Mac OS X Lion in VirtualBox, or any other type of virtual machine?

I purchased bought a license of Lion and heard that it supports virtual machine install. I want to install Lion into my VirtualBoxVM on Lion on an iMac. How can I do this?
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How to install OSX Mavericks in VirtualBox

I have been trying to use Hackboot to install OSX Mavericks in VirtualBox, and using an ISO image created by following the steps at How to create bootable ISO for OS X Mavericks The steps I have ...
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How well does VirtualBox perform when compared to VMWare Fusion for Linux guests?

I'm looking to do some Linux development, which includes some live testing of my application. I need pretty decent performance, but maybe not pedal to the metal performance, at least not for testing. ...
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Install OS X in VirtualBox on iMac?

Is it possible to install OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard in VirtualBox on an iMac (i3) running OS X 10.6.8? I have the 10.6 install CD, DMG, and ISO, but can't get any of them to boot from VirtualBox.
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How to install Ubuntu from OS X?

I'm looking for a solution that would enable me to install Ubuntu and run it as a virtual machine under OS X but still be able to boot directly Ubuntu. If possible I would like to test both ...
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Using Time Machine with Virtualization (Parallels, VirtualBox, VMWare, etc…)

Since a single small change to a VM file should (I think) cause the entire multi-gigabyte file to be backed up again, are there any ideas I can use to more effectively backup my machine? Assume that ...
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Is it possible to install Mac os x in virtual machine on a macbook pro?

I'm going to try diffrent versions of MacOSX on my macbook pro. I have a Snow Leopard installed there, and need something else (possibly a Tiger) as second solution, to test the software. So I ...
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What are the default permissions on the Applications folder in OS X supposed to be?

I was trying to run VirtualBox on OS X when I got the error: Failed to open a session for the virtual machine tinyXP. Failed to load VMMR0.r0 (VERR_SUPLIB_WORLD_WRITABLE). Unknown error creating VM ...
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How can I optimize use of Civilization III in VirtualBox?

I am using VirtualBox to play Civilization III (from Steam) in Windows 7 on my 13" Retina Macbook Pro. The only problem is it's horrendously slow. It seems like this only impacts screens with ...
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Is Mac OS X in a VirtualBox VM suitable for iOS development?

I have finally successfully managed to install Mac OS X in a virtual machine on my Windows 7 laptop using VirtualBox and a tutorial from Lifehacker. Performance is very slow, with Mountain Lion ...
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What is the difference between various VM solutions?

I'm new to the Mac platform and need to figure out which virtualization platform is best for me. Is there a comparison list of features (and missing features) for each of the major virtualization ...
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Is it possible to use mac trackpad gestures on, say, a linux virtualbox machine?

Specifically, I would just love to use the trackpad to do "three finger swipes" and switch between Linux workspaces (desktops), that would be extremely slick. I imagine this might require a plugin or ...
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Accessing an Apache server installed in VirtualBox from Mac

I want to install a linux debian in virtual box and on debian an apache webserver. After this, I'd like to access it form my mac via browser like http://myvirtualbox:80/myfolder. The goal is to "dry" ...
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Windows key when running windows through virtual box on a mac

I am running Windows 7 on a virtual image using virtualbox on my max osx. I need to know what the windows key is on the mac keyboard. Any tips?
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Sending Keystrokes to a Window when it Loses Focus

I am running virtual machines for testing on a second Space using Virtualbox, and the problem is that when I'm on the primary space, the virtual machine continues to use a lot of CPU time and kills ...
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How does Parallels handle hard drive usage?

I'm used to VirtualBox, which gives the option of either, a) fixed portion of hard drive (i.e. choose 40gb, and 40gb gets taken up in OS X); or b) dynamic usage (i.e. I choose 40gb max cap, and it ...
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Can I play Warcraft 3 (DotA) on a Mac?

I owned a MacBook Pro. I want to play a PC game called WarCraft 3 (with the DotA mod). I have Google and done some research on how to play DotA on the Mac. I can think of three possibilities: ...
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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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Space Occupied By Other Files And Folders On Hard Drive

I have been using VirtualBox to create a virtual machine to run Windows 8 on and after deleting the virtual drives and virtualbox due to having issues with Windows 8, I am missing a lot of memory from ...
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Best keyboard mapping to make Ubuntu like Mac?

While there is a similar question how to make Mac keyboard like Ubuntu, I would like to raise the reverse question: How to make Ubuntu keyboard like Mac? I like for instance cmd ⌘ to work as ctrl ...
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What drivers should I install to use the trackpad “two finger swipe” on Windows 7 running under VirtualBox?

I'm using Oracle VirtualBox to run several VMs on my MacBook and am unable to use the trackpad to "two finger swipe" to the previous webpage under Win 7. I'm guessing this is a driver issue. Since ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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How can I encrypt my VirtualBox VM?

Is there a way for me to use a virtual machine (VirtualBox) on my MacBook Air with encryption protection? I want to install a VM of Ubuntu, and if my employer calls back the hardware I don't want them ...
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How to automatically start a VirtualBox VM in OS X Lion?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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VirtualBox Ubuntu shared folder is empty

I have a Ubuntu virtual machine (Virtual Box) hosted on my MBP w/ Mountain Lion. OSX 10.8.6, VirtualBox 4.2.16, Ubuntu 12.4 LTS (32 bit) PROBLEM The shared folder(s) as seen in Ubuntu is/are empty. ...
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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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Virtualbox complete fullscreen

I am running Windows via Virtualbox on my Macbook. It works fine. When I switch to fullscreen to screen the screen is actually full, but the windows windows does not spread out to the full extent. How ...
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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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Arrow keys output numbers when connecting to Ubuntu VirtualBox guest on Windows 7 host via remote desktop connection

I have a Ubuntu guest running on my Windows 7 host. I then wanted to connect remotely from my Macbook Air in bed, and so accessed the VM via Microsoft's OSX remote desktop client. I'm able to ...
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Installing OS X Guest on OS X Host

update: After upgrading to the latest version of VirtualBox and following the first answer at Install OS X in VirtualBox on iMac?, I am now getting the Still waiting for root device. If I follow the ...
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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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In Fullscreen, disable auto-hiding Mac menu bar

(on latest Mavericks) While in VirtualBox (Ubuntu) fullscreen, on a Mac host, each time the mouse goes near the top, the Mac auto-hide menu bar appears - and I want to prevent that, or at least, ...
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“Eject” USB device (non-HDD) from OSX?

I have a Cyberpower UPS connected to my system using USB (for power management). Sometimes I want to have this device accessible from within Windows 7, which is virtualized in VirtualBox. VirtualBox ...
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Playing videos on VirtualBox MacOs X guest on Ubuntu 13.04 as host

I managed to install Mac OS X Moutain Lion as a VirtualBox guest 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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VirtualBox 4, install Lion guest on Mountain Lion host

How to install Lion as a guest OS in VirtualBox 4 running on Mountain Lion? I have: Legitimate owned copy of Install Mac OS X Lion.app Flash drive formatted as GUID partition, restored with ...