Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Installing a VirtualBox Extension Pack

A lot of hits from search engines to this blog have keywords about installing a VirtualBox Extension Pack, seems people have problems doing that.

I showed how to do it in my very first post about installing VirtualBox on Fedora, all via command line.

That is still a valid approach as you can see here (this time on Windows 7):

C:\Users\robert>"C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage" extpack install C:\Users\robert\Downloads\Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-4.1.16-78094.vbox-extpack
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Successfully installed "Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack".

Be sure to enclose the path to the VBoxManage executable and the extension pack file in quotes in case there are any spaces in the path.

Where to get the vbox-extpack file in the first place? From the Download page of virtualbox.org.

Installing VirtualBox or an Extension Pack for it however is nothing one typically does every day that would need to be scripted. Here's how to do it via the GUI:

  1. Click File - Preferences.
  2. Go to Extensions and click the icon on the right for adding packages.
  3. Navigate to the path where the Extension Pack was downloaded and open it.
  4. Confirm that you want to install the Pack.
  5. Carefully read the License (*cough*...) and agree... You'll at least have to scroll to the bottom for the button to be clickable and risk selling your soul.
  6. Get confirmation for the successful operation.

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