I recently installed VirtualBox via the official website using the provided .deb installer. It installed and showed up within the Application Menu. However, after starting up a new iso it output an error that rendered VirtualBox useless (which I couldn't seem to fix at all). So I completely purged and installed the latest version through the Terminal.

sudo apt autoremove --purge virtualbox*
sudo apt update
sudo apt install virtualbox=5.2.18-dfsg-2~ubuntu18.04.1

After installing though, I noticed that the application does not show up in the Application Menu. I have no idea why I can't seem to find VirtualBox at all, so this is very annoying.

All help is appreciated.

  • Can you run Virtualbox from terminal using virtualbox as a command? And what is the output of apt list --installed | grep virtualbox and dpkg --get-selections | grep virtualbox? – Kulfy Dec 27 '18 at 9:29
  • Command 'virtualbox' not found. List is virtualbox/bionic-updates,now 5.2.18-dfsg-2~ubuntu18.04.1 amd64 [installed] virtualbox-dkms/bionic-updates,bionic-updates,now 5.2.18-dfsg-2~ubuntu18.04.1 all [installed,automatic] – Cyph Dec 27 '18 at 9:31
  • What do you get after find /usr/bin/virtualbox? – Kulfy Dec 27 '18 at 9:34

You have just installed the Virtualbox base binary. You need to install virtualbox-qt to open it up. Just

sudo apt install virtualbox-qt=5.2.18-dfsg-2~ubuntu18.04.1

is enough.

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