How to Install VirtualBox Guest Additions in Ubuntu

Best Affordable Linux and WordPress Services For Your Business
Outsource Your Linux and WordPress Project and Get it Promptly Completed Remotely and Delivered Online.

If You Appreciate What We Do Here On TecMint, You Should Consider:

  1. Stay Connected to: Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus
  2. Subscribe to our email updates: Sign Up Now
  3. Get your own self-hosted blog with a Free Domain at ($3.45/month).
  4. Become a Supporter - Make a contribution via PayPal
  5. Support us by purchasing our premium books in PDF format.
  6. Support us by taking our online Linux courses

We are thankful for your never ending support.

Aaron Kili

Aaron Kili is a Linux and F.O.S.S enthusiast, an upcoming Linux SysAdmin, web developer, and currently a content creator for TecMint who loves working with computers and strongly believes in sharing knowledge.

Your name can also be listed here. Got a tip? Submit it here to become an TecMint author.

RedHat RHCE and RHCSA Certification Book
Linux Foundation LFCS and LFCE Certification Preparation Guide

You may also like...

33 Responses

  1. B says:

    Step 6, took me a long time to do. It was unclear that I was changing the settings in the Virtualbox and not in Ubuntu. The caption clarified where I should be looking, while the image of Ubuntu seemed to suggest I need to look in the Ubuntu settings somewhere…

  2. Carlos says:

    Works 100% thanks for share

  3. Jeremy says:

    Rather than a prompt to run the installer, it opened a folder with the contents of the disc. Which file do I need to run, and how?

  4. Alla says:

    Never mind. The video memory was set too low and it could not boot. Interesting that it was booting before I installed Guest additions. Fixed now. Thank you for the excellent post!

  5. Alla says:


    After following the steps here my Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS is not booting. I get an empty purple screen, and applications do not show up. I removed the Guest additions from the settings->storage->Controller:IDE and mounted the Ubuntu 18.04.2 ISO image instead, but it did not help. Any ideas how to fix this?

  6. Max says:

    Thank you for this. I don’t understand why the virtualbox team doesn’t provide these kind of information in their guest additions cds…

    though, the install of Linux headers using linux-headers-$(uname -r) didn’t worked for me. That was OK though, because i apparently had them installed already.

  7. Andiee says:

    Hi, thanks for this instruction! Just wondering if there is anyway to uninstall this guest additions. My computer suddenly lost power in the middle of the installation and I think it is now installed incorrectly on my VM and I would like to try again.


  8. Anon Anon says:

    Thank you for this detailed post.

Got something to say? Join the discussion.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.