By the end of this piece, you should be able to install VirtualBox 6.1 on Pop!_OS. As this article is being written, the latest version of VirtualBox is 6.1.x. VirtualBox is a very powerful open source tool that enables you to run more than one Operating System on your machine.

Install VirtualBox 6.1 on Pop!_OS

The following steps will take you through how to install VirtualBox 6.1 on Pop!_OS from the Oracle repositories.

  • Step 1. Add VirtualBox Repository to your System

To do this, use the following command;

echo "deb [arch=amd64] http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian focal contrib" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list

The output;

[email protected]:~$ echo "deb [arch=amd64] http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian focal contrib" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list
[sudo] password for cheronohvalentine: 
deb [arch=amd64] http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian focal contrib
  • Step 2. Use wget to Import VirtualBox repository Public key on to Pop!_OS

Use the following command to achieve the above;

wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox_2016.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

The output;

[email protected]:~$ wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox_2016.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
Warning: apt-key is deprecated. Manage keyring files in trusted.gpg.d instead (see apt-key(8)).
OK

If you do not have wget, use the following command to install it on your system;

sudo apt -y install wget
  • Step 3. Update the apt repository

Once you have added the VirtualBox repositories, there is nee to update the system using the following command;

sudo apt update 
  • Step 4. Install VirtualBox 6.1 on Pop!_OS

use the following command;

sudo apt install -y virtualbox-6.1

This is a part of the output;

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt install -y virtualbox-6.1
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following additional packages will be installed:
  libpython2-stdlib libpython2.7-minimal libpython2.7-stdlib libqt5opengl5
  libsdl-ttf2.0-0 libsdl1.2debian python-is-python2 python2 python2-minimal
  python2.7 python2.7-minimal
Suggested packages:
  python2-doc python-tk python2.7-doc binfmt-support
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  libpython2-stdlib libpython2.7-minimal libpython2.7-stdlib libqt5opengl5
  libsdl-ttf2.0-0 libsdl1.2debian python-is-python2 python2 python2-minimal
  python2.7 python2.7-minimal virtualbox-6.1
0 upgraded, 12 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 93.2 MB of archives.
After this operation, 233 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu groovy/universe amd64 libpython2.7-minimal amd64 2.7.18-1build2 [335 kB]
Get:2 http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian focal/contrib amd64 virtualbox-6.1 amd64 6.1.22-144080~Ubuntu~eoan [89.1 MB]
Get:3 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu groovy/universe amd64 python2.7-minimal amd64 2.7.18-1build2 [1,264 kB]
Get:4 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu groovy/universe amd64 python2-minimal amd64 2.7.18-2 [13.5 kB] 
Get:5 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu groovy/universe amd64 libpython2.7-stdlib amd64 2.7.18-1build2 [1,867 kB]
Get:6 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu groovy/universe amd64 python2.7 amd64 2.7.18-1build2 [248 kB]
Get:7 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu groovy/universe amd64 libpython2-stdlib amd64 2.7.18-2 [7,332 B]
Get:8 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu groovy/universe amd64 python2 amd64 2.7.18-2 [9,068 B]
Get:9 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu groovy/universe amd64 libqt5opengl5 amd64 5.14.2+dfsg-6 [137 kB]
Get:10 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu groovy/universe amd64 libsdl1.2debian amd64 1.2.15+dfsg2-5 [175 kB]
Get:11 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu groovy/universe amd64 python-is-python2 all 2.7.17-4 [2,496 B]
Get:12 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu groovy/universe amd64 libsdl-ttf2.0-0 amd64 2.0.11-6 [15.1 kB]
  • Step 5. Launch VirtualBox 6.1 on Pop!_OS

To launch VirtualBox on the command line, just type;

virtualbox

From the GUI, just go to activities, then show applications, you will see VirtualBox there.

You can check other of our articles on Pop!_OS and VirtualBox as follows;

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