Install Virtualbox on Ubuntu using PPA

This is a brief post in which I’m going to show you how to install VirtualBox in Ubuntu. I assume that you already know what is VirtualBox. So I’ll enter directly into the subject.


To avoid any error, we should install the dkms package, just type:

sudo apt-get install dkms


Firstable, Press Ctrl – Alt – T, to open a terminal.when it’s opened, type:

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

which will add the VirtualBox repository’s key. Next, add the VirtualBox repository to your /etc/apt/sources.list

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb precise contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list'

Finally, let’s update your system and install the latest VirtualBox (which is v4.3 on Ubuntu 12.04)

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.3


Now, after understanding the different steps to install VirtualBox on Ubuntu 12.04 using PPA, I’ll give a command which will install VirtualBox for you independently of your Ubuntu version:

sudo sh -c "echo 'deb '$(lsb_release -cs)' contrib non-free' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list" && wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add - && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.3 dkms

Enjoy 🙂 !