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Install VirtualBox on Kali Linux


Usually we use Virtual Machines on Windows and use Kali Linux there. But there are lots of Kali fans using Kali Linux directly (as a primary OS) on their PC. Here we sometime need to install virtual machine of other OS or vulnerable virtual machine.

Install VirtualBox in Kali Linux
We have already discussed a way where we had used KVM (Kernel Virtual Manager) in our Metasploitable2 and Windows installation in Linux. Al tough KVM has lots of functions but majority of people will chose VirtualBox because they are used to with VirtualBox.

Oracle VM VirtualBox is a free and open-source hosted hypervisor for x86 virtualization in this tutorial we describe how easily we can install VirtualBox in our Kali Linux system and use it.

First of all we need to go to the Linux download section of VirtualBox by clicking on this link. A new window will open like following screenshot:

VirtualBox download
In the above screenshot we can see that VirtualBox is not directly available for Kali. But the Ubuntu's VirtualBox will work in Kali Linux and almost other Debian based distributions.

Now we download the VirtualBox for latest Ubuntu version. It is a .deb file with almost 85 MB of size.

After download the deb installer file on the Downloads folder we open the the terminal there and to install it we apply following command:

sudo dpkg -i virtualbox*.deb

Then it will start installing VirtualBox on our Kali Linux system.

VirtualBox started installing

After a little bit of time (depending on our computer's performance) it will complete.

Now we can search the VirtualBox on the Application menu.

Searching for VirtualBox in Application menu

Now we click on this to open it. It will open in the following screenshot:

VirtualBox Installed in Kali Linux

Now we can use it to configure any other OS under Kali Linux. This is how we can install VirtualBox in our Kali Linux machine and the installation process of other OS in it will be the same as we do it on Windows.

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  • AnonymousJanuary 26, 2021 at 10:38 PM

    Installation fails for me with:
    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of virtualbox-6.1:
    virtualbox-6.1 depends on libsdl1.2debian (>= 1.2.11); however:
    Package libsdl1.2debian is not installed.
    virtualbox-6.1 depends on libvpx5 (>= 1.6.0); however:
    Package libvpx5 is not installed.

    dpkg: error processing package virtualbox-6.1 (--install):
    dependency problems - leaving unconfigured

    All on the current Kali Linux version. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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    • AnonymousJanuary 26, 2021 at 10:41 PM

      I was using the most up to date Ubuntu deb btw, no idea why it is asking for a debian package.

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        Kali LinuxJanuary 27, 2021 at 12:10 PM

        Use following commnad:

        sudo apt-get install qemu-kvm libvirt0 virt-manager libguestfs-tools

        Then use

        sudo virt-manager

        You will be inside KVM. KVM is an alternative of VirtualBox.

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