Seeing that there was a new VirtualBox release, I tried to install it on Kubuntu 15.04...

However, now all of my VBox 4.3 packages in the ubuntu repositories are broken (Virtualbox is provided by Virtualbox-5.0 which is not installed), and VirtualBox 5.0 won't work as it says DKMS is broken:

Uninstalling old VirtualBox DKMS kernel modules/etc/init.d/vboxdrv: 302: /etc/init.d/vboxdrv: /usr/share/virtualbox/src/vboxhost/do_dkms: not found
Trying to register the VirtualBox kernel modules using DKMS/etc/init.d/vboxdrv: 327: /etc/init.d/vboxdrv: /usr/share/virtualbox/src/vboxhost/do_dkms: not found
  (Failed, trying without DKMS)

Reinstalling virtualbox-dkms:

dpkg: error processing package virtualbox-dkms (--configure):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of virtualbox-qt:
 virtualbox-qt depends on virtualbox (= 4.3.26-dfsg-2ubuntu2); however:
  Package virtualbox is not configured yet.
  Package virtualbox-5.0 which provides virtualbox is not installed.

dpkg: error processing package virtualbox-qt (--configure):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
No apport report written because the error message indicates it's a follow-up error from a previous failure.

Even though VirtualBox 5.0 was installed via deb package from the Oracle website.

What can I do to either completely remove 5.0 and install VirtualBox 4.3, or correctly install virtualbox 5.0?

I've already tried uninstalling VirtualBox 5.0 (via apt-get purge), then installing 4.3, but get the error relating to VirtualBox being provided by the package virtualbox-5.0.

2 Answers 2


Remove older VirtualBox versions before installing VirtualBox-5.0 !

Uninstall VirtualBox -> sudo apt-get purge "^virtualbox-.*"

Carefully check what will be removed (before you confirm it).

Update the software repositories -> sudo apt-get update

Clean up -> sudo apt-get autoremove && sudo apt-get autoclean && sudo apt-get clean

Download and register the ORACLE public key ->

wget -q -O - https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox.asc | sudo apt-key add -  

Add the VirtualBox repo to the software sources ->

echo "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian $(lsb_release -sc) contrib" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/oracle-vbox.list  

Now update the software repositories again -> sudo apt-get update

Install VirtualBox -> sudo apt-get install dkms virtualbox-5.0

Note for other users who use a newer Ubuntu edition than 15.04 :

As of Ubuntu 16.04 the ORACLE public key to download has changed.

oracle_vbox.asc has to be replaced with oracle_vbox_2016.asc

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    Be careful with the * and apt-get: this command accepts a regular expression, not a glob-pattern!. Your command should be apt-get purge "^virtualbox-.*". In this case is probably the same, but it will bite you... see askubuntu.com/questions/210976/…
    – Rmano
    Aug 26, 2015 at 14:14
  • @Rmano - thanks for your comment. I checked the sudo apt-get purge virtualbox-* command. Result was virtualbox only and suggestion to autoremove libsdl-ttf afterwards, which was installed as a dependency together with virtualbox. Main reason to take this specific command was to be sure that nothing of the former virtualbox installation would remain. Anyway I take your warning seriously, so I added "Check carefully what will be removed before you confirm" to my answer.
    – cl-netbox
    Aug 26, 2015 at 15:16
  • @Rmano was correct... Using a regex worked for me where * did not, it initially said it couldn't find the virtualbox-5.0.2... package.
    – BnMcG
    Aug 26, 2015 at 16:56
  • @BnMcG --- that was probably because you issued the command from the directory where you had the virtualbox-5.0.2... .deb package. Without the quotes, shell expansion took precedence, and the * was substituted before apt-get had a chance to see it.
    – Rmano
    Aug 26, 2015 at 17:24
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    Here is the link to the official manual describing proposed approach for all debian-based distributions: virtualbox.org/wiki/… Nov 14, 2015 at 22:42

My Virtualbox does not work. It starts but could not execute any of the machines. The solution I found was:

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-dkms

and then:

sudo modprobe vboxdrv

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