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How to Install VirtualBox on Linux Mint 21

VirtualBox is a cross-platform that allows the user to run multiple OS in a system at a time without rebooting. VirtualBox is a simple and powerful open-source platform that offers a free license to use it for different purposes i-e, educational or personal.

A system that runs multiple operating systems with the help of VirtualBox is known as the host. You can install and run several systems on a single host by keeping the memory limit in mind. Like you can work with Windows and Linux on a mac system.

Install VirtualBox on Linux Mint 21

The Installation process of VirtualBox on the Linux Mint 21 system is not difficult to perform but requires some attention. Problems might occur while executing commands if you missed something. So, follow this guide step-by-step carefully from start to end, and don’t miss anything.

Step 1: Update the repository to ensure all system packages are updated, this would help to avoid any struggle in VirtualBox installation.

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Step 2: Get all the dependencies that we need before installing VirtualBox in the system by executing the mentioned command. Some of the dependencies already exist on the Linux Mint system. But running the command will ensure you the presence of all dependencies:

$ sudo apt install wget apt-transport-https gnupg2

Step 3: Import the key to the system before installing VirtualBox by copying the mentioned command:

$ sudo wget -O- | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/virtualbox.gpg

Step 4: In this step, you are required to import the VirtualBox repository from its official site. This would be done by executing the given command in terminal:

$ echo deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/virtualbox.gpg] jammy contrib | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list

Step 5: Now update the system repository as we have added other repositories in it:

$ sudo apt update

Step 6: As we have completed the required setup for VirtualBox installation. Now, we can get it through the given-below command:

$ sudo apt install virtualbox-6.1

So, the VirtualBox updated version has been installed successfully on Linux Mint 21 system, to launch it, type in terminal:

$ virtualbox

Or you can also get it by clicking on Administration from applications menu:

How to Remove VirtualBox from Linux Mint 21

To uninstall VirtualBox when there is no need of it, you can run the following command:

$ sudo apt autoremove virtualbox* --purge

This command will delete the VirtualBox application from the system. But if you want to remove all the dependencies and repositories we have downloaded at the time of installation, run the following commands:

For the VirtualBox source repository, type:

$ sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list

For removing the GPG key (this is optional), type:

$ sudo rm /usr/share/keyrings/virtualbox.gpg


VirtualBox is a powerful virtualization tool for those people who wish to run several operating systems on a single host. It provides a simple interface to create virtual machines. This article has demonstrated an introduction to VirtualBox and its installation process on Linux Mint 21 system. Also, the deleting process of VirtualBox with its required source repository has been mentioned in this article.

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Syeda Wardah Batool

I am a Software Engineer Graduate and Self Motivated Linux writer. I also love to read latest Linux books. Moreover, in my free time, i love to read books on Personal development.