VirtualBox is amazing software that allows you to install more than one Operating system. Using this, you can enjoy with multiple operating systems on the single machine. Similarly, now installation of Ubuntu on VirtualBox is easy but you need to focus on the steps to install. Many Windows users want to install Ubuntu on VirtualBox because of many reasons. For example, gamers, hackers or programmers always find different ways for the installation of Ubuntu on VirtualBox.
What you’ll need during installation of Ubuntu on VirtualBox
First of all, check the list of software you may need during the installation of Ubuntu on VirtualBox.
- Virtual Box
VirtualBox is powerful Cross-platform Virtualization Software. For this article, you need to download and Install VirtualBox in your system.
- Hard Drive Space
Space is required because another operating system also wants to take space to install. Similarly, Windows 10, 8 or 7 usually needs more than 8 GB of Space. If your system does not have any free space, first clean install Windows. After then, create partition a hard drive and make some space for installing Ubuntu on VirtualBox.
- Ubuntu ISO
The final requirement is that you must have Ubuntu ISO. Download ISO in your Computer or you can burn it as an image to a CD.
We usually recommend you to download the latest ISO file of Ubuntu.
Step-1 Open the VirtualBox/Create Virtual Machine
- Firstly, open the VirtualBox.
- Click on “New” to create a New Virtual Machine.
- Choose any name to enter for your Virtual machine.
Step-2 Choose Linux Operating System
Select Linux Operating System from the Drop down menu. Here are different options available, for example, Solaris, BSD, IBM, Mac OS X and other. But you want the installation of Ubuntu on VirtualBox.
- Click Next to Continue.
- Enter an amount of memory, here we are giving the 1024MB size.
Its mean 1024MB of RAM is allocated to the Virtual machine.
Step-3 Create New Hard drive
When you click on Next, You may have three options there:
- Do not add a Virtual hard drive.
- Create a Virtual Hard drive now.
- Use an Existing Virtual hard drive file
Here click on the 2nd option that is; create a Virtual Hard drive now for the installation of Ubuntu on VirtualBox.
- Click Next to Continue.
In the Next Window, there is a VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image), let other options be a default. Click Next.
Step-4 Choose dynamically allocated
In this step for the installation of Ubuntu on VirtualBox, choose dynamically allocated. Although storage on the physical hard drive should have dynamically allocated.
Dynamically allocated hard drive file will only use space on your physical hard drive as it fills up.
On the other hand, fixed size hard drive file may take a lot of time to create a system.
Step-5 Virtual Hard Drive Size
In this step, you need to enter the size of the Virtual hard drive. We usually recommend you to enter the 20GB of space for the Virtual hard drive. This size is the limit on the amount of file data that a virtual machine will be able to store on the hard drive.
- Click on Create Option to start the Virtual machine.
Step-6 Start Virtual Machine/Select File Source
- On the left side, choose the file.
- Click on Start button to start the Virtual machine.
- Click on file symbol to choose the disk file source.
- Choose the file you downloaded for the installation of Ubuntu on VirtualBox.
Start installation of Ubuntu on VirtualBox
Step-7 Click on Install Ubuntu
Here you have two options:
- Try Ubuntu.
- Install Ubuntu
Click on Install Ubuntu to start an installation of Ubuntu on VirtualBox.
- In next Windows Click on Continue.
- Next, Choose “Install Now”.
- Click on Continue in next Windows as shown below.
Step-8 Setup Ubuntu on VirtualBox/Installation
For setting up Ubuntu, you have to choose the current location and keyboard layout and other possible settings for Ubuntu.
- Next, you may need to give possible details like Name, password etc for Ubuntu Operating system.
- All the settings are now installing in new Ubuntu on Virtual Machine.
- Restart your PC.
Conclusion for Ubuntu on Virtual Machine:
Ubuntu is now successfully installed on your Virtual Machine. At the end, you just have to do little settings for your new operating system. For example, set date and time, calendars etc for Ubuntu. You are ready to use your virtual machine. Moreover, you can now get all the features of your new operating system on a Virtual machine.