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VirtualBox 7.0.0 Beta 2/ 6.1.38 Build 153438 by Oracle

VirtualBox is a complete general-purpose virtualizer for hardware. Targeted on the server, the desktop and the integrated use, it is now the only virtualization solution of professional quality. It's also open-source software. The powerful virtualization product for the company as well as the use of the house.

VirtualBox provides is useful for multiple scenarios: run multiple operating systems simultaneously. VirtualBox allows you to execute more than one operating system at a time.

In this way, you can run written software for an operating system on another (for example, Windows software on Linux or a Mac) without having to restart for use.

Since you can configure what type of "virtual" hardware must be presented to each operating system, you can install an old operating system such as DOS or OS / 2, even if the hardware of your real computer is No longer supported by this operating system.

Software providers can use virtual machines to ship entire software configurations. For example, the installation of a complete mail server solution on a real machine can be a tedious task.

With VirtualBox, such a complex configuration (then often called "device") can be packed into a virtual machine. The installation and execution of a mail server become as simple as the import of such an apparatus into VirtualBox.


To run VirtualBox on your machine, you need:

Powerful steep material x86. Any recent Intel or AMD processor should do.

Memory. According to the invited operating systems you want to run, you will need at least 512 MB of RAM (but probably more, and more is better). Basically, you will need any other host operating system to operate comfortably. Plus the amount that the needs of invited operating system need. So, if you want to run Windows 8.1 on Windows 7, you will probably not enjoy the experience with less than 2 GB of RAM. Check the minimum requirements of the guest operating system RAM, they often refuse to install if it is given less. Sometimes it is right. So you will need that for the guest, the more the memory of your operating system normally needs.

Hard disk space. Although VirtualBox itself is very skinny (a typical installation will only need approximately 30 MB of hard disk space), virtual machines will require quite huge files on the disc to represent their own hard disk storage. Thus, to install Windows 8, for example, you will need a file that will easily switch to several 10 GB of size.

A supported host operating system. Currently, we support Windows, many Linux distributions, Mac OS X, Solaris and OpenSolaris. Check the VirtualBox version manual that you use and which versions are supported.

A guest operating system is supported. In addition to the user manual (see below), up-to-date information is available in the section "Status: Guest Ones".

  • VMM: Fix instruction emulation for “cmpxchg16b”
  • GUI: Improved GUI behaviour on macOS Big Sur and later when kernel extensions are not loaded
  • EHCI: Addressed an issue with handling short packets
  • Storage: Fixed a potential hang during disk I/O when the host I/O cache is disabled
  • NVMe: Fixed loading saved state when nothing is attached to it
  • DevPcBios: Addressed an issue that resulted in rejecting the detected LCHS geometry when the headcount was above 16
  • virtio-SCSI: Improvements
  • E1000: Improve descriptor handling
  • VBoxManage: Fixed handling of command-line arguments with incomplete quotes
  • VBoxManage: Improved ‘nat network list’ output
  • VBoxManage: NATNetwork: Provide an option (–ipv6-prefix) to set IPv6 prefix
  • VBoxManage: NATNetwork: Provide an option (–ipv6-default) to advertise the default IPv6 route
  • VBoxManage: Fix documentation of “subresource add”
  • Networking: General improvements in IPv4 and IPv6 area
  • OVF Import: Allow users to specify a different storage controller and/or controller port for hard disks when importing a VM
  • Unattended install: Improvements
  • Shared Clipboard: Improved HTML clipboard handling for Windows host
  • macOS host: Fix handling of non-ASCII characters in the guest control functionality
  • Linux host and guest: Introduced initial support for kernel 5.17
  • Solaris package: Fixes for API access from Python
  • Solaris IPS package: Suppress dependency on libpython2.7.so.*
  • Linux host and guest: Fixes for Linux kernel 5.14
  • Linux Guest Additions: Fixed guest screen resize for older guests which are running libXrandr older than version 1.4
  • Linux Guest Additions: Introduced initial support for RHEL 8.6 kernels
  • Windows guest: Make driver install smarter
  • Solaris guest: Addressed an issue that prevented VBox GAs 6.1.30 or 6.1.32 from being removed in Solaris 10 guests
  • EFI: Fixed booting from FreeBSD ISO images

Currently, Oracle VM VirtualBox runs on the following host operating systems:

  • Windows hosts (64-bit):
    • Windows 8.1
    • Windows 10 RTM (1507 / 2015 LTSB) build 10240
    • Windows 10 Anniversary Update (1607 / 2016 LTSB) build 14393
    • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709) build 16299
    • Windows 10 April 2018 Update (1803) build 17134
    • Windows 10 October 2018 Update (1809 / 2019 LTSC) build 17763
    • Windows 10 May 2019 Update (19H1 / 1903) build 18362
    • Windows 10 November 2019 Update (19H2 / 1909) build 18363
    • Windows Server 2012
    • Windows Server 2012 R2
    • Windows Server 2016
    • Windows Server 2019
Mac OS X hosts (64-bit):
  • 10.13 (High Sierra)
  • 10.14 (Mojave)
  • 10.15 (Catalina)

Intel hardware is required.

Linux hosts (64-bit). Includes the following:
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, 19.03 and 19.10
  • Debian GNU/Linux 9 (“Stretch”) and 10 (“Buster”)
  • Oracle Linux 6, 7 and 8
  • CentOS/Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, 7 and 8
  • Fedora 30 and 31
  • Gentoo Linux
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 and 15
  • openSUSE Leap 15.1

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