I got x64 bit virtual box. I installed it on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Basically I need now extension package for my VirtualBox, but I am not sure which one and how to install it? I only know that I should download it from here also I need it because I follow this tutorial and at one part you can read

You should download the main program and the Extension Pack, which will give you support for USB devices.


If you installed virtualbox from Ubuntu repositories, just install the package named virtualbox-ext-pack.

sudo apt install virtualbox-ext-pack

This way you can be sure that the right version will be installed, and they will also upgrade together if needed. Extremely simple, and I don't understand why you'd go to PPA and fiddle around yourself instead of this. Besides that I have virtualbox, virtualbox-dkms, and virtualbox-qt packages installed, a bunch of gvfs packages, and of course dkms.

  • Actually PPA could be useful if your distro's VirtualBox's version is too old for some feature or bigfix. The thing in this case is that don't mix the PPA packages with the native repo ones – Csaba Toth Jun 4 '18 at 17:11

To install an extension pack once VirtualBox is installed; click on

File > Preferences > Extensions > Adds New Package (icon on right side)

It is important that the extension pack match the version of VirtualBox installed. If VirtualBox gets updated via a ppa or however, you need to remove the old extension pack, download the new one, and install it.

Extension dialog


You are referring to an article about installing VB on a Windows machine, but you are installing it on Ubuntu.

A Google search for "Install VirtualBox on Ubuntu" will get you a lot of options including videos. Here is one link I found: Install VirtualBox on Ubuntu using PPA

As for which extensions pack, on the download page, click the "All supported platforms" link.


You need to install the Extensions for exact the same VirtualBox version. In VirtualBox press Help > About VirtualBox. On my machine with 14.04 this is 4.3.10 (Link to Extension)

You can find old versions on VirtualBox Old Builds Page. 4.3.10 is hidden under the VirtualBox 4.3 older builds link

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