VirtualBox Guest Additions on Fedora 21/20, CentOS

2015/04/10 11:23
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This is guide, howto install Oracle VirtualBox Guest Additions on Fedora, CentOS and Red Hat (RHEL). This guide should work with Fedora 21/20/19/18/17/16/15/14/13/12, CentOS 7/6.6/5.11, Red Hat (RHEL) 7/6.6/5.11.

VirtualBox Guest Additions is special software that can be installed inside Linux virtual machines to improve performance and make integration much more seamless. Among the features provided by these VirtualBox Guest Additions are mouse pointer integration and arbitrary screen solutions (e.g. by resizing the guest window).

Install VirtualBox Guest Additions on Fedora, CentOS and Red Hat (RHEL)

1. Change root user

Shell

su - ## OR ## sudo -i

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su -

## OR ##

sudo -i

 

2. Mount VirtualBox Guest Additions

Click Devices > Install Guest Additions… on VirtualBox
VirtualBox Install Guest Additions

Mount VirtualBox Guest Additions device

Shell

mkdir /media/VirtualBoxGuestAdditions mount -r /dev/cdrom /media/VirtualBoxGuestAdditions

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mkdir /media/VirtualBoxGuestAdditions

mount -r /dev/cdrom /media/VirtualBoxGuestAdditions

 

3. Make sure that you are running latest kernel

Update virtual machine kernel and reboot

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yum update kernel* reboot

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yum update kernel*

reboot

 

4. Install following packages

On CentOS/Red Hat (RHEL) 7/6/5, EPEL repo is needed

Shell

## CentOS 7 and Red Hat (RHEL) 7 ## rpm -Uvh http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/7/x86_64/e/epel-release-7-5.noarch.rpm ## CentOS 6 and Red Hat (RHEL) 6 ## rpm -Uvh http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/i386/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm ## CentOS 5 and Red Hat (RHEL) 5 ## rpm -Uvh http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/5/i386/epel-release-5-4.noarch.rpm

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## CentOS 7 and Red Hat (RHEL) 7 ##

rpm -Uvh http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/7/x86_64/e/epel-release-7-5.noarch.rpm

 

## CentOS 6 and Red Hat (RHEL) 6 ##

rpm -Uvh http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/i386/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm

## CentOS 5 and Red Hat (RHEL) 5 ##

rpm -Uvh http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/5/i386/epel-release-5-4.noarch.rpm

 

Install following packages

Shell

yum install gcc kernel-devel kernel-headers dkms make bzip2 perl

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yum install gcc kernel-devel kernel-headers dkms make bzip2 perl

 

5. Add KERN_DIR environment variable

Shell

## Current running kernel on Fedora, CentOS 7/6 and Red Hat (RHEL) 7/6 ## KERN_DIR=/usr/src/kernels/`uname -r` ## Current running kernel on CentOS 5 and Red Hat (RHEL) 5 ## KERN_DIR=/usr/src/kernels/`uname -r`-`uname -m` ## Fedora example ## KERN_DIR=/usr/src/kernels/2.6.33.5-124.fc13.i686 ## CentOS and Red Hat (RHEL) example ## KERN_DIR=/usr/src/kernels/2.6.18-194.11.1.el5-x86_64 ## Export KERN_DIR ## export KERN_DIR

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## Current running kernel on Fedora, CentOS 7/6 and Red Hat (RHEL) 7/6 ##

KERN_DIR=/usr/src/kernels/`uname -r`

 

## Current running kernel on CentOS 5 and Red Hat (RHEL) 5 ##

KERN_DIR=/usr/src/kernels/`uname -r`-`uname -m`

 

## Fedora example ##

KERN_DIR=/usr/src/kernels/2.6.33.5-124.fc13.i686

 

## CentOS and Red Hat (RHEL) example ##

KERN_DIR=/usr/src/kernels/2.6.18-194.11.1.el5-x86_64

 

## Export KERN_DIR ##

export KERN_DIR

 

6. Install Guest Additions

Shell

cd /media/VirtualBoxGuestAdditions # 32-bit and 64-bit systems run following ./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run

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cd /media/VirtualBoxGuestAdditions

 

# 32-bit and 64-bit systems run following

./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run

 

Output looks like following:

[root@fedora VBoxGuestAdditions]# ./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run Verifying archive integrity... All good. Uncompressing VirtualBox 4.1.6 Guest Additions for Linux......... VirtualBox Guest Additions installer Removing installed version 4.1.6 of VirtualBox Guest Additions... Removing existing VirtualBox DKMS kernel modules           [  OK  ] Removing existing VirtualBox non-DKMS kernel modules       [  OK  ] Building the VirtualBox Guest Additions kernel modules Building the main Guest Additions module                   [  OK  ] Building the shared folder support module                  [  OK  ] Building the OpenGL support module                         [  OK  ] Doing non-kernel setup of the Guest Additions              [  OK  ] You should restart your guest to make sure the new modules are actually used Installing the Window System drivers Installing X.Org Server 1.11 modules                       [  OK  ] Setting up the Window System to use the Guest Additions    [  OK  ] You may need to restart the hal service and the Window System (or just restart the guest system) to enable the Guest Additions. Installing graphics libraries and desktop services componen[  OK  ]

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[root@fedora VBoxGuestAdditions]# ./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run

Verifying archive integrity... All good.

Uncompressing VirtualBox 4.1.6 Guest Additions for Linux.........

VirtualBox Guest Additions installer

Removing installed version 4.1.6 of VirtualBox Guest Additions...

Removing existing VirtualBox DKMS kernel modules           [  OK  ]

Removing existing VirtualBox non-DKMS kernel modules       [  OK  ]

Building the VirtualBox Guest Additions kernel modules

Building the main Guest Additions module                   [  OK  ]

Building the shared folder support module                  [  OK  ]

Building the OpenGL support module                         [  OK  ]

Doing non-kernel setup of the Guest Additions              [  OK  ]

You should restart your guest to make sure the new modules are actually used

 

Installing the Window System drivers

Installing X.Org Server 1.11 modules                       [  OK  ]

Setting up the Window System to use the Guest Additions    [  OK  ]

You may need to restart the hal service and the Window System (or just restart

the guest system) to enable the Guest Additions.

 

Installing graphics libraries and desktop services componen[  OK  ]

 

7. Reboot guest system

Shell

reboot

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reboot

 

Then VirtualBox Guest Additions install is ready.

Check also:

Install VirtualBox (with yum) on Fedora, CentOS, Red Hat (RHEL)


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