I've been using VirtualBox for the first time to run Ubuntu and am having some problems with shared folders. I've done everything that I can think of after googling and looking around but still can't seem to find them anywhere.

  • I've added the user to "vboxsf"
  • I've installed the guest additions
  • I have permanent, Auto-Mount folders created on my host PC and shown in the "shared folders" at the top

However, I cannot find these folders anywhere on the guest OS that I can use to access and bring files across/share them with my normal windows OS.

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!


1 Answer 1


Short Answer:

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-guest-utils

Long Answer:

I had the same problem.

Assuming that we have already added the shared folder in the virtual box:


1) Machine -> Settings -> Shared Folders

2) Click on the "Add new shared folder" icon

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3) Choose the path for the host folder you want to share (for example "C:\hostFolder")

4) Give "Folder Name" a name (for example "sharedFolderName")

5) Check "Auto-mount"


However, after starting the VM, there was nothing in my /media/.

But as soon as I ran:

sudo apt install virtualbox-guest-utils

I could see the sh_ folder:

ls /media/

Although you can access the content of your host folder through media, I suggest creating another folder:

mkdir ~/guestFolder

and then:

sudo mount -t vboxsf sharedFolderName ~/guestFolder

Now you can see content of the host folder here:

ls ~/guestFolder

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