I want to enable Shared folders on VirtualBox. I went to Devices tab and clicked -> Insert guest additions CD image. Nothing happened. This is an image of my Storage tab in Settings of Virtual box:

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I previously got this message, that instructed me to go to Insert guest additions CD image:

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4 Answers 4


I'll quote a previous answer of mine:

From Virtualbox Manual : Chapter 14:

14.2. Known Issues
Mac OS X guests:
VirtualBox does not provide Guest Additions for Mac OS X at this time


From the content of this, I wouldn't hold out for such support in VirtualBox any time soon.

The situation really has not changed since then.

There is some discussion of a workaround involving the built in OS X sharing functionality and configuring your network setup to work, but nothing well defined.

  • daamn, so no shared folders for Macs :(
    – sanjihan
    Commented May 19, 2016 at 10:41
  • Unfortunate, but I used Dropbox as a work-around which works fine. You can either use the same account on both your host and guest, or just set up a shared folder from one account to another. You could also use BitTorrent sync or something else.
    – P A N
    Commented Sep 8, 2016 at 10:46
  • I usually just use a USB key. Commented May 25, 2017 at 17:48

Guest Additions are available for macOS starting with VirtualBox 6.0

Per the change log, macOS/OSX Guest Additions are at "initial support" meaning features/functionality could be limited.

  • it is a good news, Some one have tested it?
    – joseluisbz
    Commented Mar 19, 2019 at 1:40

Resolving this question involves having guest additions on a MacOS guest. If, instead, you want to install guest additions from a MacOS host onto a non-MacOS guest:

You can copy the guest additions iso from your machine.

First locate VirtualBox in the Application folder, right-click it and select show package contents. Then browse to Contents/MacOS/VBoxGuestAdditions.iso. Copy it to a location that accessible when browsing for files.

After that, you can insert the device by clicking Devices > Optical Drives > Choose disk image... and then choose your copied iso file.

Then you can run your iso from within your vm and install the guest additions.

  • What? I can't be this simple - have you done this and been able to do bidirectional drag and drop or clipboard sharing?
    – MmmHmm
    Commented Apr 2, 2018 at 0:15
  • It worked for me. You have also to do this: if-not-true-then-false.com/2010/…
    – AndreasE
    Commented Apr 17, 2018 at 12:18

Workaround: creating a *.iso

(from here)

Create a *.iso and insert this "optical drive".

  • To create the file, open terminal and navigate to the folder you want to pack; then run:
    hdiutil makehybrid -iso -udf -udf-volume-name NAME_OF_ISO -o ./OUTPUT_FILE_NAME.iso ./FOLDER_TO_PACK/
    where obviously you have to choose NAME_OF_ISO (pretty much irrelevant), OUTPUT_FILE_NAME.iso and specify the folder FOLDER_TO_PACK

  • Then insert the created file in your guest
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