How to Install VirtualBox 5.1 on Fedora 23 from RPMs

Nov 17, 2016 Linux, Virtualization

install virtualbox 5.1 on fedora 23
Oracle VM VirtualBox is a flexible open-source hypervisor for x86 computers from Oracle Corporation initially developed by Innotek GmbH. It runs on many platforms including: Linux, Windows, Solaris, providing great virtualization environment to run multiple VMs at a time.

In this tutorial we present how to install VirtualBox 5.1 on Fedora 23 from RPMs in few simple steps.


1. Download VirtualBox repository for Fedora

Go to repository folder and download virtualbox.repo file:

[root@tuxfixer ~]# cd /etc/yum.repos.d/
[root@tuxfixer yum.repos.d]# wget

2. Install VirtualBox 5.1 package

[root@tuxfixer ~]# dnf install VirtualBox-5.1

Ensure that vboxdrv kernel module was loaded after VirtualBox installation:

[root@tuxfixer ~]# lsmod | grep vboxdrv
vboxdrv               430080  3 vboxnetadp,vboxnetflt,vboxpci

3. Assign a non-privileged user to run VirtualBox

Avoid running VirtualBox as root for security reasons. During VirtualBox installation a user group called vboxusers is created by installation scripts. Add a regular non-privileged user to supplementary group vboxusers in order to use this user for VirtualBox operation and maintenance:

[root@tuxfixer ~]# usermod -aG vboxusers tuxfixer
[root@tuxfixer ~]# id tuxfixer
uid=1000(tuxfixer) gid=1000(tuxfixer) groups=1000(tuxfixer),985(wireshark),965(vboxusers)

4. Launch VirtualBox

To launch VirtualBox, just execute the below command as dedicated non-privileged user:

[tuxfixer@tuxfixer ~]$ VirtualBox

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