How to Install VirtualBox on macOS?

Have you ever wanted to create a virtual environment on your Mac for testing or development purposes? Look no further than VirtualBox. This powerful virtualization software allows you to create and run virtual machines on your macOS, giving you the ability to test different configurations, experiment with new software, and even run multiple operating systems at once.

In this guide, I’ll show you how to install VirtualBox on macOS, so you can easily create and manage virtual machines for all your testing and development needs. Ready to take your computing experience to the next level? Let’s get started.

Install VirtualBox on macOS

install virtualbox on macOS
install virtualbox on macOS

Here’s a detailed guide on how to install VirtualBox on macOS:

Step 1: Download VirtualBox Installer for macOS

download virtualbox for macOS
download VirtualBox for macOS

The first step to install VirtualBox on macOS is to download the installer from the official VirtualBox website. To do this, go to the VirtualBox download page and select “OS X hosts” from the list of available downloads. Once the download is complete, you should have a file with a .dmg extension.

Step 2: Run the VirtualBox Installer

Run the VirtualBox Installer
Run the VirtualBox Installer

Double-click on the downloaded .dmg file to mount the installer image. In the mounted image, you should see a VirtualBox.pkg file. Double-click on this file to start the installation process.

Step 3: Complete the Installation Process

Follow the prompts in the installer to complete the installation process. You may need to enter your macOS username and password to give permission for the installer to make changes to your system. Once the installation is complete, you should see a message indicating that the installation was successful.

Step 4: Launch VirtualBox

Once the installation is complete, you can launch VirtualBox from your Applications folder. If prompted, grant VirtualBox permission to access your system by entering your macOS username and password.

Step 5: Create a New Virtual Machine

With VirtualBox installed and launched, you can now create a new virtual machine. To do this, click on the “New” button in the VirtualBox main window. This will launch the “New Virtual Machine Wizard“, which will guide you through the process of setting up your virtual machine.

Follow the prompts in the wizard to select your operating system, allocate system resources, and configure any additional settings for your virtual machine. Once you’ve completed the wizard, your virtual machine will be ready to use.

Install VirtualBox Extension Pack on macOS

By installing the VirtualBox Extension Pack, you can add additional features and functionality to VirtualBox, such as USB 2.0 and 3.0 support, remote desktop connections, and more. Apply these few simple steps and take full advantage of everything VirtualBox has to offer.

To install the VirtualBox Extension Pack on macOS, follow these steps:

Step 1: Download the Extension Pack

download the VirtualBox Extension Pack for macOS
download the VirtualBox Extension Pack for macOS

The first step is to download the VirtualBox Extension Pack from the official VirtualBox website. Make sure to download the version that matches the version of VirtualBox you have installed on your Mac.

Step 2: Open VirtualBox Preferences

With VirtualBox open, click on “Preferences” in the VirtualBox menu bar.

Step 3: Add the Extension Pack

In the Preferences window, select the “Extensions” tab.

Click on the “Add” button (the small icon with a green plus sign) on the right-hand side of the window. This will open a file picker dialog.

Navigate to the location where you downloaded the Extension Pack file, select it, and click Open. VirtualBox will then prompt you to review and accept the license agreement.

Step 4: Accept the License Agreement

Read the license agreement carefully, then click on the I Agree button to accept it.

Enter your macOS password when prompted. This is required to complete the installation of the Extension Pack. VirtualBox will now install the Extension Pack. This process may take a few minutes, depending on the speed of your Mac.

Step 5: Confirm the Extension Pack is Installed

Once the installation is complete, you can confirm that the Extension Pack is installed by going back to the VirtualBox Preferences window and selecting the “Extensions” tab. The Extension Pack should be listed there.

You can also use this simple command on Terminal for the installation.

$ sudo VBoxManage extpack install Downloads/Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-7.0.0.vbox-extpack

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