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How to Install VirtualBox Extension Pack on Windows and Mac

Here you will find out:

  • what the VirtualBox Extension Pack is
  • how to download and install VirtualBox Extension Pack
  • how DiskInternals software can help you

Are you ready? Let's read!

It is advised that you upgrade both the VirtualBox Guest Additions and the VirtualBox Extension Pack on host systems after updating VirtualBox (VMs). If you haven't already, install the VirtualBox Extension Pack to have access to more advanced VirtualBox capabilities. In the sections that follow, we'll show you how to install the VirtualBox Extension Pack on both Windows and Mac.

  • What is the VirtualBox Extension Pack?
  • Downloading VirtualBox Extension Pack
  • How to install VirtualBox Extension Pack on Windows
  • How to install VirtualBox Extension Pack on mac
  • How to install VirtualBox extension pack with VBoxManage

About VirtualBox Extension Pack

VirtualBox Extension Pack is a binary package that extends VirtualBox's capability. The Extension pack includes the following features:

USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 devices are supported. USB devices placed into physical USB ports of a host system, such as network adapters, flash drives, hard disks, webcams, and so on, can be joined to a virtual machine operating on VirtualBox. As a consequence, a physical USB device can be used in a guest operating system (OS).

If you try to activate USB 3.0 support in the VM settings (Machine > Settings > USB) without having VirtualBox Extension Pack installed, you will see the error message – Invalid settings detected.

Machine > Settings > USB

Pass-through webcam hosting You may use this function to link your host webcam to a visitor computer. The benefit is that you can utilize a camera that your VM's guest operating system does not support. Assume you're utilizing a camera on a Windows-based host computer (you have all official Windows drivers for the webcam). The Host webcam pass-through capability allows you to utilize this camera on a macOS-based VM (despite the fact that this webcam is not supported on macOS and there are no macOS drivers for this webcam).

Remote Desktop Protocol for VirtualBox (VRDP). Even if you can't connect directly to a virtual machine, you can use the VirtualBox interface to operate it remotely (for example, if the virtual network of a VM is not configured properly or disabled). To utilize this function, you must be connected to a host machine.

The AES technique is used to encrypt disk images. For a guest OS, data saved on virtual disk images can be encrypted transparently. As a result, even if the VM is copied from secured storage to another place, the data is encrypted. With 128-bit or 256-bit data encryption keys, the XTS encryption mode is employed.

PXE Boot ROM from Intel. PXE is a network booting environment that uses a pre-boot execution environment. To install an operating system, a virtual machine can use an emulated PXE boot ROM (Read-Only Memory). Before utilizing this function, you must prepare PXE boot configuration files in your /VirtualBox/TFTP folder.

Does VirtualBox need extension pack?

Virtualbox-dkms does not reqired for deb package from oracle site.

VirtualBox Extension Pack only need for USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 devices, VirtualBox RDP, disk encryption, NVMe and PXE boot for Intel cards.

How do I download a VirtualBox Extension Pack?

Open the download link for the VirtualBox Extension Pack for all supported systems on the official VirtualBox site's download page. A single extension pack file is installed using the VirtualBox interface and is compatible for many supported host operating systems on which VirtualBox may run. On Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Solaris, you may download the single file and use it to install the VirtualBox Extension pack. Save the Extension Pack file to a convenient location. Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack-6.0.8.vbox-extpack is the name of the file used in this example, which is stored to C:VirtualBox. For previous versions of VirtualBox, you may also download relevant extension pack versions.

Now we'll show you how to install VirtualBox Extension Pack on Windows, followed by how to install VirtualBox Extension Pack on macOS.

Windows VirtualBox Extension Pack Installation

Let's look at how to utilize the GUI to install the VirtualBox Extension Pack (graphical user interface). View VirtualBox, then select the relevant icon with your mouse or press Ctrl+G on your keyboard to open VirtualBox options (Tools > Preferences).

Go to the Extensions area of the Preferences box. There are no extensions packages installed after a new installation of VirtualBox. To add the extension pack, click the Add a new package button (the green plus icon).

Windows VirtualBox Extension Pack Installation

Browse the file you have downloaded above. In this case, the name of the file is Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-6.0.8.vbox-extpack.

Windows VirtualBox Extension Pack Installation

VirtualBox notifies you that you are about to install a VirtualBox extension pack. Confirm the installation and click the Install button.

Windows VirtualBox Extension Pack Installation

To continue installation, read the licensing agreement and click Agree. Allow a few seconds for the files to be copied. If everything went well, you'll see that Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack was successfully installed. VirtualBox Extension pack will appear in the list of extension packages when you close the notification window.

You've learned how to set up VirtualBox Extension Pack on Windows.

On Mac OS X, how do you install the VirtualBox Extension Pack?

Installing the VirtualBox Extension Pack on macOS is quite similar to installing the extension pack on other operating systems. Open Launchpad, launch VirtualBox, then pick the Extensions option under Tools > Preferences. To install VirtualBox Extension Pack, click the add icon.

On Mac OS X, how do you install the VirtualBox Extension Pack

Browse the extension pack file you have downloaded from the VirtualBox site (Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-6.0.8.vbox-extpack in this case).

On Mac OS X, how do you install the VirtualBox Extension Pack

Confirm the installation of VirtualBox Extension Pack and click Install.

On Mac OS X, how do you install the VirtualBox Extension Pack

Read the licensing agreement and accept it. Then, to complete the installation, enter your password and wait a few seconds while VirtualBox Extension Pack is installed on your Mac. After the installation is complete, you should get the following message: Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack was successfully installed. Hit OK, then search in the list of installed extension packages for your VirtualBox extension pack.

On Mac OS X, how do you install the VirtualBox Extension Pack

Now you know how to install VirtualBox Extension Pack on Mac OS X.

How to Install VirtualBox Extension Pack in Console Using VBoxManage

The procedure for installing VirtualBox Extension Pack in GUI mode on Windows and macOS was previously described. However, there is another option for installing extension packs in VirtualBox: via the command line interface (CLI). VBoxManage is a CLI application for setting and managing VirtualBox and VMs through the console provided by VirtualBox. All major host operating systems, including Windows and macOS, are supported by VBoxManage.

Open CMD in Windows (press Win+R and type cmd) or open Terminal in macOS.

Go to the VirtualBox installation location on Windows. C:Program FilesVirtualBox is the default installation directory. Add your VirtualBox installation directory to the PATH environment variable in the advanced system settings of your Windows system if you don't want to modify the directory in the command line manually every time you need to use VBoxManage.

cd c:\program files\oracle\virtualbox

Install VirtualBox Extension pack on Windows with the command:

vboxmanage extpack install c:\virtualbox\Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-6.0.8.vbox-extpack

where c:\virtualbox\Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-6.0.8.vbox-extpack is the path to the downloaded extension pack file.

Press Y to accept the license terms and continue installation.

How to Install VirtualBox Extension Pack in Console Using VBoxManage

On macOS open the terminal, and execute the similar command.

sudo vboxmanage extpack install ~/Downloads/Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-6.0.8.vbox-extpack

where ~/Downloads/Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-6.0.8.vbox-extpack is a path to the extension pack that was downloaded to the Downloads directory of the current user.

Type Y to accept the license agreement when prompted.

How to Install VirtualBox Extension Pack in Console Using VBoxManage

VirtualBox Extension Pack has been successfully installed.

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FAQ

What is VirtualBox extension package?

A binary package called the VirtualBox Extension Pack was created to increase VirtualBox's capability. The following features are made available by the Extension pack:

Both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 device support. A virtual machine operating on VirtualBox can be connected to USB devices, such as network adapters, flash drives, hard drives, webcams, etc., that are installed into the host computer's physical USB ports. A physical USB device can therefore be used in a guest operating system (OS).

Without the VirtualBox Extension Pack loaded, the message "Invalid settings detected" will appear when you open the virtual machine settings (Machine > Settings > USB).

Does VirtualBox need extension pack?

After updating VirtualBox, it is recommended to update VirtualBox Extension Pack on a host machine and VirtualBox Guest Additions on guest machines (VMs). If you have not installed VirtualBox Extension Pack yet, it is time to install it in order to unlock advanced VirtualBox features:

  • Host webcam pass-through
  • VirtualBox Remote Desktop Protocol (VRDP)
  • Disk image encryption with AES algorithm
  • Intel PXE Boot ROM.

How do I get the Oracle VirtualBox Extension Pack?

Open the download link for the VirtualBox Extension Pack for all supported platforms on the download page of the official VirtualBox website. A single extension pack file, which may be installed through the VirtualBox interface, is appropriate for all supported host operating systems on which VirtualBox can run. On Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Solaris, you can use the single file to install the VirtualBox Extension pack. The downloaded Extension Pack file should be saved in a specific location.

Do I need extension pack for VirtualBox?

No, the VirtualBox Extension Pack is not required to run any VM (including BitCurator), as long as you don't need access to USB 2.0 or 3.0 drives, and are you are not running on a host machine using an NVMe SSD drive.

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