VirtualBox 5.1 Released – Install on RHEL/CentOS/Fedora and Debian/Ubuntu/Linux Mint

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123 Responses

  1. Sevki Akdemir says:

    File: /var/log/vbox-install.log;

    Makefile:185: *** Error: unable to find the sources of your current Linux kernel. 
    Specify KERN_DIR= and run Make again. Stop.
    make KBUILD_VERBOSE=1 SUBDIRS=/tmp/vbox.0 SRCROOT=/tmp/vbox.0 CONFIG_MODULE_SIG= -C /usr/src/kernels/2.6.32-042stab116.1/ -j4 modules
    make[1]: warning: -jN forced in submake: disabling jobserver mode.
    test -e include/linux/autoconf.h -a -e include/config/auto.conf || (            \
    echo;                                                           \
    echo "  ERROR: Kernel configuration is invalid.";               \
    echo "         include/linux/autoconf.h or include/config/auto.conf are missing.";      \
    echo "         Run 'make oldconfig && make prepare' on kernel src to fix it.";  \
    echo;                                                           \

    Can any body help ?

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Could you show me the output of the following commands:

      # rpm -qa kernel* | sort
      # uname -mr
      # echo $KERN_DIR

      I suggest you to first update the system and then try to install Virtualbox.

  2. sayanthan says:

    i currently used Ubuntu 16.04 (xenial).
    i try to update then i got flowing warning ..
    “W: GPG error: xenial InRelease: The following signatures couldn’t be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY A2F683C52980AECF
    W: The repository ‘ xenial InRelease’ is not signed.
    N: Data from such a repository can’t be authenticated and is therefore potentially dangerous to use.
    N: See apt-secure(8) manpage for repository creation and user configuration details.'”

    after install time
    WARNING: The following packages cannot be authenticated!
    Install these packages without verification? [y/N]

    what to do now?
    is i continue? is this better or not?

    • Ravi Saive says:


      First you need to remove old Virtualbox keys before doing a upgarde, here is how to remove the old keys:

      $ sudo apt-key list

      Find the offending key (something like “virtualbox”, after “pub”, xxx/KEYHERE) and do:

      $ sudo apt-key del VirtualBox-KEYHERE

      Then follow the instructions as described in this article..

  3. lance-link says:

    I used the above procedure to install VirtualBox 5.1 in a Fedora host and a Windows 7 guest, however, I have to run # /usr/lib/virtualbox/ setup each time after reboot/shutdown inorder to get any devices to appear in VB > Settings > USB > USB Device Filters. How can I make the change permanent so I don’t have to run # /usr/lib/virtualbox/ all the time?

    I posted this question a few minutes ago but the email address was wrong.

  4. lance-link says:

    I followed the installation process for VirtualBox in a Fedora 24 host and a Windows 7 guest. Everything worked fine, but I have to run # /usr/lib/virtualbox/ setup each time after a reboot/shutdown inorder to get any listings in Settings > USB > USB Device Filters.

    How can I make the USB Filter choices permanent so i don’t have to run # /usr/lib/virtualbox/



    I try to install virtualbox 5 on centos 7 but he gave the header problem then I install it but still having the issue ,plus what should I do

    # yum install kernel-devel

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Could you share the exactly what error message is giving by Virtualbox? so that it will help us to better identify the problem..

  6. waleed says:

    i get this error when run virtualbox

    Qt FATAL: This application failed to start because it could not find or load the Qt platform plugin “xcb”.

    Available platform plugins are: xcb.

    Reinstalling the application may fix this problem.
    Aborted (core dumped)

    • Ravi Saive says:


      It seems xcb libraries are not installed on the system, to install just run the following command will fix the error:

      $ sudo aptitude install libdouble-conversion1 libxcb-render-util0 libxcb-image0 libxcb-icccm4 libxcb-randr0 libxcb-keysyms1 libxcb-xkb1 libxkbcommon-x11-0
      • Steve says:

        I have the same problem, I checked this list and installed the first item which was the only one missing and still get this error, I am running on Linux Mint 17.1

        • Ravi Saive says:


          I suggest you to install all missing xcb related packages and see, if it solves the error..

          • Steve says:

            The only package that was missing was libdouble-conversion1 and I have already installed it. So all the packages listed above are installed but it still gives me this error.

          • Steve says:

            I found this on another site, if I run this
            P=/usr/lib/virtualbox; sudo LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$P:$P/plugins/platforms $P/VirtualBox
            in a terminal then Virtualbox opens like it should and it works, so doesn’t seem to be missing component.

          • Ravi Saive says:


            Thanks for sharing the tip, I hope it will help other users, who are facing similar issue….

    • Nenad Cimerman says:

      First of all, many thanks for this very useful guide!

      However, in my case (CentOS 5.11) with the current VirtualBox Version 5.1.2, I ran into a problem which blocked virtualbox when started, so I could not use it at all:
      $ virtualbox
      Qt FATAL: This application failed to start because it could not find or load the Qt platform plugin “xcb”.

      Available platform plugins are: xcb.

      Reinstalling the application may fix this problem.

      After some research, I discovered, that the required “xcb” libraries are installed in /usr/lib/virtualbox and /usr/lib/virtualbox/plugins.

      So the solution is quite simple. As “root” (or using sudo) user do the following two steps:
      1. create a new file containing the two paths mentioned above
      # cd /etc/
      # vi virtualbox-5.1.2.conf
      2. Update system wide configuration of “ldd”
      # /sbin/ldconfig

      Hope this helps some people to overcome this missing peace in the installation procedure of the VirtualBox package.
      Have fun!


  7. Peter Schneider says:

    Although six weeks are gone since your question, just a hint:
    I just installed VirtualBox-5 on my Fedora-21 box. The script ‘’ did the job for me:
    # /usr/lib/virtualbox/ setup

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Thanks for the tip, hope it will other users.. Keep sharing such hints with us and keep connected to Tecmint…

    • Dandu Rajeev says:

      Hi Peter,
      I have tried this. But got this error:

      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 4.5.7-200.fc23.x86_64 cannot be found at
      /lib/modules/4.5.7-200.fc23.x86_64/build or /lib/modules/4.5.7-200.fc23.x86_64/source.
      (Failed, trying without DKMS)
      Recompiling VirtualBox kernel modules [FAILED]
      (Look at /var/log/vbox-install.log to find out what went wrong)

      Any help will be appreciated.

      • Ravi Saive says:


        It seems me to like a Kernel header problem, you should install kernel-headers using:

        # yum install kernel-devel
  8. simon says:

    sorry for my poor English… I fail to install on Centos 7 at start stem, neither of these commands succeed:
    # /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup
    # service vboxdrv setup


    /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup
    bash: /etc/init.d/vboxdrv: No such file or directory

    service vboxdrv setup
    The service command supports only basic LSB actions (start, stop, restart, try-restart, reload, force-reload, status). For other actions, please try to use systemctl.

    I found no error in /var/log/vbox-install.log

    Any hints ? Thanks !

    • Ravi Saive says:

      Have you correctly installed and enabled VirtualBox repository under /etc/yum.repos.d/ directory in your CentOS 7?

      • Dandu Rajeev says:

        similar issue for me. I installed virtualbox repo in /etc/yum.repos.d/. I am using Fedora 23. I badly need VirtualBox. Please give me some solution to make it work. Thanks!

        • John Cook says:

          It appears there is a minor error in this guide. The suggested options for a RHEL/CentOS 7 host (or Fedora 19-24 hosts) are actually only suitable for RHEL/CentOS 5/6 hosts (or Fedora 16-18 hosts). Here is the change I made to the author’s procedure that allowed me to get VirtualBox 5.1 working on my CentOS 7 host:

          /usr/lib/virtualbox/ setup
          usermod -a -G vboxusers user_name

          NOTE: Replace “user_name” with an actual user name.

          I was able to otherwise follow this guide and just replace the portion concerning rebuilding the kernel modules with what I supplied above.


          • Ravi Saive says:


            Thanks a ton for pointing out, we’ve included the instructions as suggested, hope it will help other users who are facing similar issues with latest version of CentOS/RHEL and Fedora..

  9. AJ says:

    What’s the deal with the 32bit only guests?

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