VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise and home use.
VirtualBox is an extremely feature rich and high performance virtualization software
It is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.
VirtulBox is a cross platform software and can run on almost every desktop operating system including Windows, Linux, Mac and a lot more.
We can install and run any operating system on VirtualBox. It works out of the box and its advanced virtualization technology prevents malware on the virtual system from coming to the host system.
You can check out their official website for a list of more features.
It will take less than five minutes to install and run VirtualBox on Linux mint. There are different ways of installing VirtualBox.
However, I recommend you to not install virtualbox through terminal as sometimes official repositories are outdated. So skip to the next method of installing virtualbox.
Open terminal from the menu.
Now enter the following commands and press enter
sudo apt install virtualbox
It will now ask you for your password. Enter your password and let it search for the packages.
A few seconds later you will be prompted with a message “Do you want to continue?” input “y” and then press Enter key.
The installation will now begin and approx 45 MB of archives will be downloaded. This will take some time based on your internet connection.
Our installation is now finished, and we can start VirtualBox.
In the Linux menu, search for VirtualBox and hit enter.
Our VirtualBox setup on Linux mint 20 is now finished and we are ready to use it.
You can now add and run the operating system of your choice in a completely clean and safe environment.
Windows, Linux, Android x86, PhoenixOS, Ubuntu, Linux Mint and other recommended operating systems for VirtualBox.
Go to virtualbox.org and download virtualbox .deb file. It will show a list of downloads, but as a user of Linux mint 20 you must download the version for Ubuntu 20.04.
After downloading the file open it by double clicking it. It will take you to the installation menu of virtualbox as shown in the picture below.
Upon clicking the Install Package button, it will ask for your password. Fill in your password to continue the installation.
As soon as you fill your password and click Authenticate our installation process will begin.
It will only take five minutes for the installation to complete and after it completes, it will tell us if the package is installed or not.
Now we can launch virtualbox as our installation completed successfully. Search for virtualbox in the mint menu and open it by pressing enter.
That’s it. Now you can install any OS of your choice in the virtual environment without putting your system at risk.
We have downloaded virtuabox from the official website, so we have up-to-date software. Linux mint 20 repo may not have the latest update of virtualbox, so using the terminal to install is not a good idea.
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