I have a problem with my virtualbox on ubuntu 12.04, I can't add a host only adapter, the message is "no host only network adapter selected" I can't select anything

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can anyone solve this problem??

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    Can you attach it to eth0?
    – Takkat
    Oct 10, 2012 at 7:08
  • yes I can. but with bridge not with host only Oct 11, 2012 at 0:08
  • I really recommend restarting if you're hosting on windows. (my VM is Ubuntu) That's what fixed mine, even after trying all the other stuff above. before restart after restart
    – MoKi
    Dec 20, 2020 at 11:15

4 Answers 4


Probably, the virtual host-only network wasn't set up yet. Here's is how you can fix this if you have a version older than 2018:

  1. From the main menu, select File > Preferences (Ctrl+G) - NOT the settings of a single vm
  2. Select Network in the list on the left
  3. You should see an empty white box with "Host-only Networks" at the top. On the right, there are three buttons to manage them. Click the topmost one (with a green plus symbol). A new Host-only network will be created and added to the list.


Normally, the settings of the new network will be ok, but for completeness, I give the default values here. You can access the settings for the host-only network through the screwdriver button on the right.


  • Adapter:
    • IPv4 address:
    • IPv4 Network Mask:
  • DHCP server:
    • Enable server: checked
    • Server Address:
    • Server Mask:
    • Lower Address Bound:
    • Upper Address Bound:

You can change these settings to your liking, as long as they're consistent.

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    In 2018, you have to go to File -> Host Network Manager. Mar 12, 2018 at 15:30
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    @TheodoreR.Smith can you make that an answer. Or update this answer please. Thanks!!
    – Bahrom
    Apr 11, 2018 at 1:21
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    In 2019, you have to go to File -> Host Network Manager Jan 21, 2019 at 11:22
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    In 2020, you have to go to File -> Host Network Manager Oct 10, 2020 at 16:59
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    In 2021, you have to go to File -> Host Network Manager. Nov 27, 2021 at 13:49

I installed virtual box recently and its different,

After Virtual Box is open, click on File>Host Network Manager>Add. This will add the IP as shown above.

Now you can see vboxnet0 in the "Name" dropdown in the VM.

  • yep, you are right, in newer versions the host networks has desappeared from the usual Network preferences
    – Antonio
    Jun 13, 2018 at 9:31
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    Thank you. An extra note for others: This solution works for the following specs: VirtualBox v.6 , Ubuntu 16.04 , Catalina MacOS (specifically for OpenDayLight if you want to connect to mininet VM) .
    – McLan
    Jul 29, 2020 at 1:43
  • Thank you for this information. I just did a fresh reinstall of my Host OS and suddenly found this feature of VB6 inexplicably no longer working. It's frustrating when older tutorials point to a tab that's no longer there. Sep 8, 2020 at 20:10
  • Thank you very much! Worked straight forward Oct 12, 2020 at 7:53
  • Provided snapshot here -> stackoverflow.com/questions/37934711/…
    – IRSHAD
    Sep 5, 2021 at 5:36

For those, who are in trouble finding "Host-only Networks" tab in File->Preferences->Network.

After the version VirtualBox 5.2.0, there are some changes with the location of "Host-only Networks" tab.

This tool is moved on the main UI toolbar, specifically the Global Tools split button on the right.

Alternatively, you can access it via Ctrl+W, or File->Host Network Manager menu.

Source: https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=85464


In 2020, a few changes.

  1. From the main menu select file

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  1. Select Host Network Manager

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  1. Select create

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This would create the settings of the new network, check the "Enable DHCP Server". Now go back to network settings it should see the name of the newly created network when you select Host-only Adapter.

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