VirtualBox 4.3.20 on Fedora 20/19, CentOS/RHEL 7/6.6/5.11

virtualbox-logo-smallOracle VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software.

VirtualBox supports a large number of guest operating systems:

  • Windows 3.x
  • Windows NT 4.0
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
  • DOS
  • Linux (2.4, 2.6, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 3.11)
  • Solaris
  • OpenSolaris
  • OpenBSD

This guide shows howto install VirtualBox 4.3 (currently 4.3.20) on Fedora 20/19/18/17/16/15, CentOS 7/6.6/5.11, Red Hat (RHEL) 7/6.6/5.11. This guide uses Virtual Box own yum repositories.

Note: Fedora 14 users can install VirtualBox 4.1, Fedora 13 users can install VirtualBox 4.0 and Fedora 12 users can install VirtualBox 3.2.

1. Change to root User

2. Install Fedora or RHEL Repo Files

3. Update latest packages and check your kernel version

Update packages

Check that that you are running latest installed kernel version
Output of following commands version numbers should match:

Note: If you got kernel update or run older kernel than newest installed then reboot:

4. Install following dependency packages

CentOS 7/6/5 and Red Hat (RHEL) 7/6/5 needs EPEL repository, install it with following command:

5. Install VirtualBox Latest Version 4.3 (currently 4.3.20)

Note:
This command create automatically vboxusers group and VirtualBox user must be member of that group.
This command also build needed kernel modules.

Rebuild kernel modules with following command:

6. Add VirtualBox User(s) to vboxusers Group

Replace user_name with your own user name or some another real user name.

7. Start VirtualBox

Use launcher from menu or simply run:

Troubleshooting

If you have problems with KERN_DIR parameter or your kernel directory is not automatically detected then set KERN_DIR environment variable manually, using following method:

Check also:

Install VirtualBox Guest Additions on Fedora, CentOS, Red Hat (RHEL)

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  1. Virtualbox only run as root
    But can’t run as user.

    Message :

    Failed to create the VirtualBox COM object.

    The application will now terminate.

    Callee RC: NS_BASE_STREAM_WOULD_BLOCK (0x80470007)

    Reply
    • Hi Ruben,

      Could you first change normal user and post output of following commnand:

      Reply
  2. Hi,
    I’ve upgraded my system to Fedora 21, and I try to install Virtualbox using the method above, but it doesn’t work :(
    I am unable to use VBox on F21 which is a very bad thing :(
    Could you help me how to install VBox on F21?

    Reply
    • Hi VChris,

      You could use Fedora 20 VirtualBox on Fedora 21, but you have to modify your /etc/yum.repos.d/virtualbox.repo file looks like following:

      I use this on Fedora Rawhide (Fedora 22), so it should work also on Fedora 21. I update this guide, when official VirtualBox Fedora 21 exists.

      Please let me know do you get it working or if you have some problems.

      Reply
      • Thanks for your reply, it works :)

        Reply
        • Excellent! You are welcome! :)

          Reply

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