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

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VirtualBox 5.1.28 fails to install on MacOS 10.13 due to KEXT security

I have tried to install VirtualBox 5.1.28 to macOS high sierra but it fails every time with the following screen: After some looking around I found this thread and I did indeed see that it was ...
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Official way to obtain an OS X ISO file

I'm trying to install OS X Mavericks in VirtualBox on Windows 8.1. I have VirtualBox installed and the VM set up, but I need an ISO file to install the operating system. I've searched around and ...
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Install El Capitan in Virtual Box for testing purposes

I enrolled to Apple's beta program as I want to test some software under El Capitan. Therefore, I would like to instal El Capitan in Virtual Box. Is there a recommended way of doing this? As I ...
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Copy and pasting between host and VM

I have a host machine running OS X 10.9.3 and VirtualBox 4.3.12 VM running Windows 7. I want to copy and paste between the host machine and the VM. By default copy-pastes don't seem to be transferable ...
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virtualbox installation failed on macOS Catalina

I am unable to install virtualbox on macOS Catalina. Tried both the GUI installer and Homebrew. Here is the installation error: installer: The upgrade failed. (The Installer encountered an error ...
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How to install OS X 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 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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enabling virtual machine Guest Additions on a Mac host and Mac guest

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: I ...
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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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VirtualBox 5.1.8 installation didn't install kernel extensions. How do I fix this? [macOS 10.13]

When I installed VirtualBox it said that the installation "failed" but I still got VirtualBox.app in my applications folder. When I try to boot windows 7 VM, it says "Kernel drivers not installed (rc =...
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Run Boot Camp Windows10 partition inside VirtualBox

I have a separate Windows10 partition courtesy of Boot Camp Assistant. I would like the option of cranking it up inside my OS X session using VirtualBox, as there are times I would like to use some ...
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How to release mouse capture in VirtualBox?

I'm on my MacbookPro and using TeamViewer for remote access to my 2k3 Server. On this server I installed VirtualBox to create a virtual machine. But now I stuck at this screen and no more can use my ...
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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, since ...
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How to create /etc/exports in Mojave

Im trying to start my vagrant environment on the new macOS mojave getting an error: tee: /etc/exports: Operation not permitted tee: /etc/exports: Operation not permitted tee: /etc/exports: ...
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How to install OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) on VirtualBox 4.3?

I've seen a lot of variants of this question, but most are pretty old, and don't quite match my use case. How the heck do you get 10.8 (Mountain Lion) running on the latest version of VirtualBox, e.g....
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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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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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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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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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Install El Capitan with VirtualBox on OS X

I am creating an El Capitan Virtual Box on my Mac. This is the process I take. I pressed some keys (it says any) as shown in second image, but I get nowhere. What should I do to move from here? I ...
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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 scenarios:...
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Install macOS High Sierra as VirtualBox guest (on macOS High Sierra)? [duplicate]

I would like to install a VirtualBox guest of macOS High Sierra on my MacBook Pro that is also running macOS High Sierra so that I can experiment with MDMs, etc. without rendering my primary laptop ...
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Are there keyboard mappings to make Ubuntu more like MacOS?

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 (i....
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How Do I Upgrade VirtualBox from the Command Line

I need to remotely log into a Mac to upgrade VirtualBox. The problem is screen sharing is just abysmally slow and I don't want to use 3rd party screen sharing utilities. I prefer to do this in ...
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VirtualBox NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005) Mac

So, I restarted my Mac in the morning and I receive this error while trying to start my normal VBox but it did not start instead it gave in an error. This is the error image
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How to set VirtualBox in order to access external hard drives in guest Win7?

I have installed VirtualBox in order to use Windows 7 as guest on a Macbook Air running Mavericks (mainly to be able to use a printer that has no drivers for Mac). Also, I have installed the ...
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Poor performance with Virtual Box on MacBook Pro 2017

I am running Ubuntu 16.04 via Virtual Box on my MacBook Pro 2017 w/ TouchBar (3.3Ghz i7, 16 GB 2133 MHZ) and I am getting a very laggy and unpleasant experience on the machine. I have gone through the ...
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VirtualBox 5.2 Won't Install on Mac OS 10.13

Trying to install VirtualBox 5.2 on a Mac running OSX 10.13. The installation fails with an installer message reading "The installation failed." I've tried the 2 solutions I've been able to find and ...
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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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Install macOS Sierra on VirtualBox?

I’m trying to install macOS Sierra on VirtualBox, but can’t seem to make it work. For reference, here are the steps I took. Downloaded the Install macOS Sierra app from the App Store. Used the ...
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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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VirtualBox VERR_NOT_SUPPORTED opening Windows 10 partition/vmdk

I'm trying to virtualize my physical Boot Camp partition, so I can do small Windows tasks from Mac without restarting. I followed mostly this tutorial but also read others. But now when I try to ...
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What does “Effective UID is not root” mean for VirtualBox?

I'm looking to test VirtualBox 5.0 release or 5.0.x latest development stable build and get this error: The Please try reinstalling VirtualBox. advice doesn't help. I am guessing this is what ...
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How to do raw device access with VirtualBox?

So I am trying to set up raw device access w/ VirtualBox to use a ext4/linux disk as a guest OS within Mac OS X, but haven't succeeded yet. Following the VirtualBox docs, Chapter 9.9.1.1, https://www....
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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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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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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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Access VirtualBox shared folders in Yosemite

tl;dr: How to access folder shared in host system from within Yosemite run in VirtualBox (guest)? I have added a shared folder in my VirtualBox (went to virtual machine's settings, then to Shared ...
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USB devices are greyed out in VirtualBox

I'm running Windows XP on Virtual Box. I'm trying to write to a USB pen drive. VirtualBox detect the pen drive but its name is greyed our in GUI. And I couldn't pick it from the list. How can I use ...
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How to set up Touch Bar to show function keys in a specific VirtualBox virtual machine

macOS allows you to change the Touch Bar to traditional function keys when you run specific applications. I have tried to do so with VirtualBox, and it works on the main VirtualBox window properly. ...
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Can a VirtualBox Windows 7 virtual machine be installed on a USB hard disk?

My MacBook Air has only a 64G hard drive which is so small that I don't want to install virtual machines on it. I'm planning to buy a 1TB portable USB hard disk to run virtual machines. Has anyone ...
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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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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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Why does VirtualBox crash macOS?

I installed VirtualBox on my new Mac mini, running macOS Mojave, and it randomly crashes the computer (sometimes it does, other times it doesn't). The last time it crashed such that both my monitors (...
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Installing Ubuntu without DVD or Flash Drive

I'm trying to give new life to my old white late-2006 MacBook by installing a new OS (dual boot), but I am having problems as my DVD/CD drive is broken and I just can't get my Mac to boot from my ...
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Same dedicated Windows drive for Boot Camp and VirtualBox?

I am going to be setting up a new (to me) Mac Pro 4,1 with multiple internal hard drives. I want to run Yosemite most of the time with Windows 7 virtualized in a window for a few programs I need to ...
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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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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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VirtualBox - Sharing a folder

I'm a Windows 10 user, running macOS High Sierra 10.13 via VirtualBox 5.1.28. I didn't fully understand how to share a folder. The part that I did understand and did, is: Devices → Insert Guest ...
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Is it possible to run macOS in a virtual machine on Linux?

I have an slightly-aging iMac running the macOS Sierra (fully legal) and a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud that I keep around just for handling incoming files and punting them into my usual Linux ...

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