I installed Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager on Windows 7 and I was able to run some PHP programs on it. I use Git-Bash with Vagrant to access shell (Ubuntu).

I would like to try a simple Java web application on the above machine.

I installed 'Nautilus' file manager and I tried to open it in the terminal by running the command: nautilus --browser (Opening the file browser from terminal), but I get an error message as follows:

(nautilus:8243): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display:


My question is how to install and access files and folders on the host machine using 'Nautilus’?

  • thanks for your response but I think that X server in your link, doesn't serve the VirtualBox machine.
    – user203952
    Sep 15, 2015 at 18:13
  • Cygwin's X is for Windows. What do you mean, it doesn't server your VirtualBox machine?
    – muru
    Sep 15, 2015 at 18:15
  • it's not the same configuration, because I run ubuntu on a VirtualBox.
    – user203952
    Sep 15, 2015 at 18:18
  • cygwin X is to be installed on windows, not Ubuntu.
    – muru
    Sep 15, 2015 at 18:23
  • [SOLVED] (1) Windows: Install Xming (2) PuTTY: Enable X11 Forwaring (3) Server: /etc/ssh/sshd_config (a) X11Forwarding yes (b) X11DisplayOffset 10 (4) Server: Install xauth
    – user203952
    Sep 16, 2015 at 22:28

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If you use "Bridge adapter" in the virtualbox network settings, try

ssh youruser@virtualboxhostname.local -X
  • I run: ssh vagrant@virtualbox.local -X and I got: ssh: Could not resolve hostname virtualbox.local: Name or service not known
    – user203952
    Sep 15, 2015 at 22:22
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    I meant replace virtualboxhostname with the hostname of your virtualbox. You can also use the IP without .local
    – Katu
    Sep 16, 2015 at 5:29

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