Install VirtualBox on Parrot OS

In this guide, I will show you how to install VirtualBox on Parrot OS. VirtualBox is the a virtualization software to virtualize x86 hardware for desktops, servers, and embedded applications. It was developed by Oracle Corporation for both home and enterprise use.

Install VirtualBox on Parrot OS

Parrot OS doesn’t come with VirtualBox already installed. You can install VirtualBox on Parrot OS by any of the methods below.

1. Using APT Repositories

Runningsudo apt install virtualboxcommand may install an outdated VirtualBox version.

Install the latest VirtualBox by updating the VirtualBox APT sources list.

echo "deb [arch=amd64] $(lsb_release -sc) contrib" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list

Install GPG keys

GPG keys allow you to verify and communicate with the VirtualBox repository.
Install the following repository signing keys.

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

Then followed by;

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

Update the system packages.

sudo apt update

Install VirtualBox on Parrot OS. You can change the version code at the end, for instance, 6.1. You will be prompted to install, type Y and press enter to install

sudo apt install virtualbox-6.1


┌─[[email protected]]─[~]
└──╼ $sudo apt install virtualbox-6.1
[sudo] password for itnixpro: 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Reading state information... Done
The following additional packages will be installed:
  libqt5opengl5 libsdl-ttf2.0-0
Recommended packages:
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  libqt5opengl5 libsdl-ttf2.0-0 virtualbox-6.1
0 upgraded, 3 newly installed, 0 to remove and 22 not upgraded.
Need to get 93.7 MB of archives.
After this operation, 222 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] 
    Get:3 focal/contrib amd64 virtualbox-6.1 amd64 6.1.32-149290~Ubuntu~eoan [93.5 MB]
    Get:1 lts/main amd64 libqt5opengl5 amd64 5.15.2+dfsg-9 [175 kB]                                  
    Get:2 lts/main amd64 libsdl-ttf2.0-0 amd64 2.0.11-6 [18.6 kB]
    Fetched 93.7 MB in 1min 31s (1,035 kB/s)                                                                                              
    Preconfiguring packages ...
    Selecting previously unselected package libqt5opengl5:amd64.
    (Reading database ... 293517 files and directories currently installed.)
    Preparing to unpack .../libqt5opengl5_5.15.2+dfsg-9_amd64.deb ...
    Unpacking libqt5opengl5:amd64 (5.15.2+dfsg-9) ...
    Selecting previously unselected package virtualbox-6.1.
    Preparing to unpack .../virtualbox-6.1_6.1.32-149290~Ubuntu~eoan_amd64.deb ...
    Unpacking virtualbox-6.1 (6.1.32-149290~Ubuntu~eoan) ...
    Selecting previously unselected package libsdl-ttf2.0-0:amd64.
    Preparing to unpack .../libsdl-ttf2.0-0_2.0.11-6_amd64.deb ...
    Unpacking libsdl-ttf2.0-0:amd64 (2.0.11-6) ...
    Setting up libqt5opengl5:amd64 (5.15.2+dfsg-9) ...
    Setting up libsdl-ttf2.0-0:amd64 (2.0.11-6) ...
    Setting up virtualbox-6.1 (6.1.32-149290~Ubuntu~eoan) ...
    Adding group `vboxusers' (GID 133) ...
    Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.26-1) ...
    Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.17-2) ...
    Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.31-13+deb11u3) ...
    Processing triggers for shared-mime-info (2.0-1) ...
    Processing triggers for mailcap (3.69) ...
    Processing triggers for bamfdaemon (0.5.4-2) ...
    Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf-2.index...
    Scanning application launchers
    Removing duplicate launchers or broken launchers
    Launchers are updated

2. Using .DEB Binary Package

Install VirtualBox on Parrot OS
  • You can also grab the VirtualBox file by using wget command;

Install the downloaded VirtualBox package by;

  • Using dpkg tool or
  • Using the apt package manager

Using dpkg tool

Open your terminal and throw the command;

sudo dpkg -i virtualbox-6.1_6.1.32-149290~Ubuntu~eoan_amd64.deb

For fixing outdated or missing dependencies, execute the command;

sudo apt install -f

Using apt package manager

In the terminal, type the command below and press enter;

sudo apt install ./virtualbox-6.1_6.1.32-149290~Ubuntu~eoan_amd64.deb

Note: Make sure you open the terminal in the current directory where your VirtualBox file was downloaded to.

Or give the full path as below-if your file is under Downloads.

sudo apt install $HOME/Downloads/virtualbox-6.1_6.1.32-149290~Ubuntu~eoan_amd64.deb


sudo dpkg -i $HOME/Downloads/virtualbox-6.1_6.1.32-149290~Ubuntu~eoan_amd64.deb

Install VirtualBox Extension Pack

Execute the command below to download VirtualBox extension pack.

wget -P /tmp

Now run the command below to install

sudo VBoxManage extpack install /tmp/Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-6.1.32.vbox-extpack

Running VirtualBox

After you install VirtualBox on Parrot OS, you can use the program menu to launch it. Likewise, open the terminal then type in the command VirtualBox and hit enter.

VirtualBox starts with the screen below

Uninstall VirtualBox

Remove VirtualBox by running the command below.

sudo apt purge --autoremove virtualbox-6.1 -y


You have learned how to install VirtualBox on Parrot OS. Find more about VirtualBox in VirtualBox documentation.

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