VirtualBox Guest Additions on Fedora 28/27, CentOS/RHEL 7.5/6.9/5.11 - Comment Page: 7

This is guide, howto install Oracle VirtualBox Guest Additions on Fedora, CentOS and Red Hat (RHEL). This guide should work with Fedora 28/27/26/25/24/23/22/21/20/19/18/17, CentOS 7.5/6.9/5.11, Red Hat (RHEL) 7.5/6.9/5.11. VirtualBox Guest Additions is special software that can be installed inside Linux virtual machines to improve performance and make integration much more seamless. Among the features provided by these VirtualBox Guest Additions are mouse pointer integration and arbitrary screen solutions (e.g. by resizing the guest window). Note: Fedora 28 have build in VirtualBox Guest Additions, but if you still wan't (some reason) install latest/development/different version of...

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    1. hi. i have same issue.please help

      [[email protected] yum.repos.d]# uname -a
      Linux localhost.localdomain 3.11.10-301.fc20.x86_64 #1 SMP Thu Dec 5 14:01:17 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
      [[email protected] yum.repos.d]# rpm -qa kernel\* |sort -V
      kernelshark-2.2.1-3.fc20.x86_64
      kernel-3.11.10-301.fc20.x86_64
      kernel-3.15.6-200.fc20.x86_64
      kernel-debug-3.15.6-200.fc20.x86_64
      kernel-debug-devel-3.15.6-200.fc20.x86_64
      kernel-debug-modules-extra-3.15.6-200.fc20.x86_64
      kernel-devel-3.15.6-200.fc20.x86_64
      kernel-doc-3.15.6-200.fc20.noarch
      kernel-headers-3.15.6-200.fc20.x86_64
      kernel-modules-extra-3.11.10-301.fc20.x86_64
      kernel-modules-extra-3.15.6-200.fc20.x86_64
      kernel-tools-3.15.6-200.fc20.x86_64
      kernel-tools-libs-3.15.6-200.fc20.x86_64
      kernel-tools-libs-devel-3.15.6-200.fc20.x86_64

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      • Hi I47,

        Please boot using latest kernel 3.15.6-200.fc20.x86_64, then try again.

        Reply
    2. Hello, someone could help?

      [[email protected] ~]# service vboxdrv setup
      Stopping VirtualBox kernel modules [ OK ]
      Recompiling VirtualBox kernel modules [FAILED]
      (Look at /var/log/vbox-install.log to find out what went wrong)

      [[email protected] ~]# cat /var/log/vbox-install.log
      Makefile:183: *** Error: unable to find the sources of your current Linux kernel. Specify KERN_DIR= and run Make again. Stop.
      Makefile:183: *** Error: unable to find the sources of your current Linux kernel. Specify KERN_DIR= and run Make again. Stop.
      Makefile:183: *** Error: unable to find the sources of your current Linux kernel. Specify KERN_DIR= and run Make again. Stop.

      uname -r
      3.8.13-35.3.3.el6uek.x86_64

      echo $KERN_DIR
      /usr/src/kernels/2.6.32-431.23.3.el6.x86_64/

      I’m new to Linux.
      Thanks.

      Reply
    3. I followed your install process and this is what i got. I couldnt start up VB from the command line(although i was able to start using the front).
      I also hav a problem when i was trying to mount the cdrom as additional mount.
      Below is what i got. PLease help.

      ================================================================================
      Package Arch Version Repository Size
      ================================================================================
      Installing:
      VirtualBox-4.3 x86_64 4.3.14_95030_el6-1 virtualbox 75 M
      Installing for dependencies:
      SDL x86_64 1.2.14-3.el6 public_ol6_latest 192 k

      Transaction Summary
      ================================================================================
      Install 2 Package(s)

      Total download size: 75 M
      Installed size: 151 M
      Is this ok [y/N]: y
      Downloading Packages:
      (1/2): SDL-1.2.14-3.el6.x86_64.rpm | 192 kB 00:00
      (2/2): VirtualBox-4.3-4.3.14_95030_el6-1.x86_64.rpm | 75 MB 01:36
      ——————————————————————————–
      Total 790 kB/s | 75 MB 01:37
      warning: rpmts_HdrFromFdno: Header V4 DSA/SHA1 Signature, key ID 98ab5139: NOKEY
      Retrieving key from https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox.asc
      Importing GPG key 0x98AB5139:
      Userid: “Oracle Corporation (VirtualBox archive signing key) ”
      From : https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox.asc
      Is this ok [y/N]: y
      Running rpm_check_debug
      Running Transaction Test
      Transaction Test Succeeded
      Running Transaction
      Installing : SDL-1.2.14-3.el6.x86_64 1/2
      Installing : VirtualBox-4.3-4.3.14_95030_el6-1.x86_64 2/2

      Creating group ‘vboxusers’. VM users must be member of that group!

      No precompiled module for this kernel found — trying to build one. Messages
      emitted during module compilation will be logged to /var/log/vbox-install.log.

      Stopping VirtualBox kernel modules [ OK ]
      Uninstalling old VirtualBox DKMS kernel modules [ OK ]
      Trying to register the VirtualBox kernel modules using DKMSError! echo
      Your kernel headers for kernel 2.6.32-358.el6.x86_64 cannot be found at
      /lib/modules/2.6.32-358.el6.x86_64/build or /lib/modules/2.6.32-358.el6.x86_64/source.
      [FAILED]
      (Failed, trying without DKMS)
      Recompiling VirtualBox kernel modules [FAILED]
      (Look at /var/log/vbox-install.log to find out what went wrong)
      Verifying : SDL-1.2.14-3.el6.x86_64 1/2
      Verifying : VirtualBox-4.3-4.3.14_95030_el6-1.x86_64 2/2

      Installed:
      VirtualBox-4.3.x86_64 0:4.3.14_95030_el6-1

      Dependency Installed:
      SDL.x86_64 0:1.2.14-3.el6

      Complete!
      [[email protected] yum.repos.d]# service vboxdrv setup
      Stopping VirtualBox kernel modules [ OK ]
      Uninstalling old VirtualBox DKMS kernel modules [ OK ]
      Trying to register the VirtualBox kernel modules using DKMSError! echo
      Your kernel headers for kernel 2.6.32-358.el6.x86_64 cannot be found at
      /lib/modules/2.6.32-358.el6.x86_64/build or /lib/modules/2.6.32-358.el6.x86_64/source.
      [FAILED]
      (Failed, trying without DKMS)
      Recompiling VirtualBox kernel modules [FAILED]
      (Look at /var/log/vbox-install.log to find out what went wrong)
      [[email protected] yum.repos.d]# usermod -a -G vboxusers tricky
      [[email protected] yum.repos.d]# VirtualBox
      WARNING: The vboxdrv kernel module is not loaded. Either there is no module
      available for the current kernel (2.6.32-358.el6.x86_64) or it failed to
      load. Please recompile the kernel module and install it by

      sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

      You will not be able to start VMs until this problem is fixed.
      No protocol specified
      Failed to open the X11 display!
      [[email protected] yum.repos.d]# KERN_DIR=/usr/src/kernels/`uname -r`-`uname -m`
      [[email protected] yum.repos.d]# KERN_DIR=/usr/src/kernels/2.6.18-194.11.1.el5-x86_64
      [[email protected] yum.repos.d]# export KERN_DIR
      [[email protected] yum.repos.d]# cd ~
      [[email protected] ~]# mkdir /media/VirtualBoxGuestAdditions
      [[email protected] ~]# mount -r /dev/cdrom /media/VirtualBoxGuestAdditions
      mount: you must specify the filesystem type
      [[email protected] ~]# mount -r /dev/cdrom /media/VirtualBoxGuestAdditions
      mount: you must specify the filesystem type

      Reply
      • Hi tricky,

        Could you first post output of following commands:

        
        rpm -qa gcc kernel\* dkms make bzip2 perl |sort -V
        
        uname -a
        
        Reply
    4. Hi, I know this is an old post but wanted to let you know I have been trying for 5 days to install VirtualBox Guest Additions on Centos 6. I have only had about 5 hrs sleep in those 5 days but your post did it for me. Thank you. At 3:32 am on the west coast I can finally get about 3 more hrs sleep then its back to work.
      Great Post and thanks again
      Paul

      Reply
    5. It seems like you should mount the Guest Additions CD image at the very end – since there are several reboot steps that would unmount the CD right? I noticed that once it came to actually running the installer from the CD, there was nothing in the previously mounted directory.

      Reply
    6. Good Tips – it works. For Centos 7 and for Centos 6 also.

      Reply
      • Hi JR,
        I have installed one Oracle Linux 6.6 hosted by Windows. I’m student and I used your post to install Guest Additions, just to split my screen in two parts, but after reboot process the Oracle VM VirtualBox is not resizing the screen. Could you please help me to solve this problem?

        Regeards,
        Rafael

        Reply
        • su –
          mkdir /media/vboxguest
          run df -h
          see where areyou seeing your VirtualBoxGuestAdditions media mostly in /media/VirtualBoxGuestAdditions or run/media/root/VirtualBoxGuestAdditions (on RHEL7)
          go to that directory and execute cp /VBoxLinuxAdditions.run /media/vboxguest/
          yum update kernel*
          yum install gcc kernel-devel kernel-headers dkms make bzip2 perl
          cd /media/vboxguest
          run ./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run

          no need to do any other step. in my case it worked always and have tried more than 20 times.

          Reply
    7. Thanks a lot for this post! It was a life-saver for me.
      In certain regards I am forced to use CentOS and I don’t understand why this is so annoying compared to Ubuntu.

      Reply
    8. Thanks a Lot. Installed GA successfully for Centos 6.5 on VirtualBox with your guidelines.

      Reply
    9. Great instructions! Thanks so much–

      Reply
    10. Unfortunately my install with a Red Hat 6.7 guest failed during the:
      sh ./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run

      The output indicated:
      Building the OpenGL support module [FAILED]
      (Look at /var/log/vboxadd-install.log to find out what went wrong)

      The logfile indicated:

      make KERNELRELEASE=2.6.32-573.1.1.el6.x86_64 -C /lib/modules/2.6.32-573.1.1.el6.x86_64/build M=/var/lib/dkms/vboxguest/4.3.30/build………(bad exit status: 2)
      Error! Bad return status for module build on kernel: 2.6.32-573.1.1.el6.x86_64 (x86_64)
      Consult /var/lib/dkms/vboxguest/4.3.30/build/make.log for more information.

      and that logfile indicated:

      In file included from /var/lib/dkms/vboxguest/4.3.30/build/vboxvideo/vboxvideo_drm.c:79:
      include/drm/drmP.h:64:26: error: uapi/drm/drm.h: No such file or directory
      include/drm/drmP.h:65:31: error: uapi/drm/drm_mode.h: No such file or directory

      uapi/drm exists under /usr/include, so creating a symbolic link resulted in a different error in this log:

      /var/lib/dkms/vboxguest/4.3.30/build/vboxvideo/vboxvideo_drm.c:129: error: ‘drm_mmap’ undeclared here (not in a function)
      make[2]: *** [/var/lib/dkms/vboxguest/4.3.30/build/vboxvideo/vboxvideo_drm.o] Error 1

      If I look at vboxvideo_drm.c, the corresponding code is:


      # if LINUX_VERSION_CODE < KERNEL_VERSION(3, 18, 0)
      /* This shouldn't be necessary even for old kernels as there is
      * nothing sensible to mmap. But we play safe and keep it for
      * legacy reasons. */
      .mmap = drm_mmap,
      # endif

      so it appears that VirtualBox hasn't pulled in the correct headers, or has a kernel mismatch.
      Any idea what the source of the problem might be?
      Thanks

      Reply
    11. Unbelievable! This solution was posted 5 years ago and still helping to the folks!. Thank you so much JR

      Reply
    12. I am getting building opengl support failed error after doing these steps. Currently I have centOS6.7 version and virtual box 5.0

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    13. Hello Marc and Lakshmi,

      You are totally right. VBoxGuestAdditions are not compatible with CentOS 6.7 kernel. Easy way is install older kernel and kernel-devel and use it. First update your host system and VirtualBox to version 5.0.2.

      Then install CentOS 6.6 kernel

      
      yum localinstall http://vault.centos.org/6.6/os/x86_64/Packages/kernel-2.6.32-504.el6.x86_64.rpm http://vault.centos.org/6.6/os/x86_64/Packages/kernel-devel-2.6.32-504.el6.x86_64.rpm
      

      Then reboot and select kernel-2.6.32-504

      Compile VirtualBox Linux Additions

      
      ./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run
      

      And reboot once again and select kernel-2.6.32-504.

      Next step is protect older kernel version, so yum update shouldn’t remove it:

      
      yum install yum-plugin-versionlock
      
      yum versionlock add kernel-2.6.32-504.el6 kernel-devel-2.6.32-504.el6
      

      Now you should have working VirtualBox Guest Additions on CentOS 6.7. You could try to rebuild Guest Additions when new kernels are released, but this is just simple workaround until Vbox Guest Additions are fixed.

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      • I used this info to build the Guest Additions for CentOS 6.6, which works correctly, but I don’t understand how this works with CentOS 6.7. When I boot the v6.7 kernel, VirtualBox 4.3.30 tells me the Guest Additions are not installed. What am I missing here? Is there something I can run in the /opt Guest Additions folder that will install the Guest Additions into the v6.7 runtime environment without rebuilding them?

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        • Hi curts,

          You have to use 6.6 kernel if you want to use Guest Additions.

          So you can use 6.7 kernel without Guest Additions or use 6.6 kernel with Guest Additions.

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          • I have found a work-around to using guest-additions with CentOS 6.7 kernel:
            export MAKE=’/usr/bin/gmake -i’

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            • Excellent! Thanks for sharing JP!

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      • Thank you so much for the information. I just upgraded to centOS 6.7 last night. This morning, I got “VBoxClient: the VirtualBox kernel service is not running. Exiting”. After finding this post about VBoxGuestAdditions are not compatible with the centOS6.7, I did the first step: install centOS6.6 kernel, and reboot and select kernel 2.6.32-504. The error message didn’t show up this time. Now, I need to do the second step: compile the VirtualBoxLinuxAdditions. In which folder should I run the command “./VirtualBoxLinuxAdditions.run”? My system could not find the command. Thank you for your help!

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        • You are welcome!

          Just run following commands:

          
          mkdir /media/VirtualBoxGuestAdditions
          mount -r /dev/cdrom /media/VirtualBoxGuestAdditions
          
          cd /media/VirtualBoxGuestAdditions
          ./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run
          

          Or directly:

          
          /run/media/[username]/VBOXADDITIONS_*/VBoxLinuxAdditions.run
          
          ## Example ##
          /run/media/lynn/VBOXADDITIONS_*/VBoxLinuxAdditions.run
          
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      • I go by the code. Thank you

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    14. FYI fedora users:

      Yum is depreciated in Fedora 22. For step 3, instead of “yum update kernel*” run:
      dnf update kernel*

      For those having problems with Step 6: “./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run” try the following:

      Make sure you are set as root (su -, like it said in the beginning of the tutorial)
      cd /run/media/YOURUSERNAMEHERE/
      ls

      You should see something like: VBOXADDITIONS_5.0.2_102096

      cd VBOXADDITIONS_5.0.2_102096 (OR WHATEVER YOUR LISTED VBOXADDITION NUMBERS WERE)
      ./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run
      reboot

      Done! :)

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      • Hi sawta,

        I updated step 3. thanks.

        If you run step 2. commands and then step 6. commands, then you shouldn’t have problems. :)

        
        mkdir /media/VirtualBoxGuestAdditions
        mount -r /dev/cdrom /media/VirtualBoxGuestAdditions
        
        cd /media/VirtualBoxGuestAdditions
         
        # 32-bit and 64-bit systems run following
        ./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run
        

        Actually it’s maybe better change step 2. and step 3. order.

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      • The code is ©

        Reply
    15. Best VBGA instructions I’ve found! Thank you!

      Reply
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