About VirtualBox

Oracle VM VirtualBox is an open-source cross-platform virtualization software, which helps organizations create, manage, and run multiple virtual machines (VMs) simultaneously. Features include guest multiprocessing, USB device support, remote machine display, RDP authentication, and soft keyboard.

The application enables administrators to create virtual machines on one host and execute on another host with a different operating system (OS) using the same file and image formats. It provides guest additions for VM, which helps users handle video display, file exchange, mouse pointer movements, time synchronization, and automated login. System engineers can also import and export VMs using the Open Virtualization Format (OVF).

Oracle VM VirtualBox offers a snapshot functionality, letting users save a particular state of VM and revert to that state as required. Engineers can transfer data between host and guest systems, and copy files, directories or clipboard formats using the drag-and-drop capabilities. It lets administrators create a full and linked copy or clone of a virtual machine in order to test different guest OS levels or prepare a backup.

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Features

Total features of VirtualBox: 14

  • API
  • Authentication
  • Configuration Management
  • DaaS
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Synchronization
  • Desktop Virtualization
  • Desktop/Application Virtualization
  • Graphical User Interface
  • Multi-Device Support
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Remote Monitoring & Management
  • Remote Update / Installation
  • VDI

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Reviews

Overall rating

4,5 /5
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Value for Money
4,6/5
Features
4,5/5
Ease of Use
4,3/5
Customer Support
4,1/5

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Hung V.
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 1 001-5 000 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

VirtualBox for quickly initial new environment for testing

Reviewed on 2019/12/19

I use VirtualBox to initial my testing environment for my shell script function which needs to run...

I use VirtualBox to initial my testing environment for my shell script function which needs to run in Centos, RedHat, Debian and Ubuntu, I download the virtual OS and add into VirtualBox which alow me quickly verify my script and when I work with Kubernetes, it already support installation environment as Virtual OS and we use VirtualBox to host it.

Pros

With VirtualBox, I easily create a test and dev environment for different OS, it supports all type of OS from Window, Ubuntu, Centos. VirtualBox Guest system is quickly created and start and I could share data between Host OS and Guest OS including copy/paste, disk sharing and drag-drop. VirtualBox consume very little resource and is able to host multiple Guest OS at same time, it is an excellent feature when we want to test our script in different OS

Cons

Using VirtualBox is quite complex to setup Guest OS, special to enable access to Host OS hardware such as Printer, switch between Host OS and Guest OS have delayed time

Harshit B.
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  • Industry: Telecommunications
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

VirtualBox, The little brother to the Workstation.

Reviewed on 2020/01/30

The ability to spin up and test instances of our application and also new flavours is the primary...

The ability to spin up and test instances of our application and also new flavours is the primary business purpose and virtual box ticks all thos boxes is a great asset to have to meet the business goals.

Pros

Have been using VirtualBox to spam new distributions of linux and other open source operating systems and also use Virtual box to deploy our application as well and we use it as a benchmarking mechanism tool.

Cons

The least thing we like about this is the amount of compute it takes to run the application on the slight less specked machine and it does a take on the battery life, otherwise the application is good.

Ashutosh M.
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  • Industry: Computer & Network Security
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

One of the good VM solutions

Reviewed on 2021/03/18

Good so far, with more polishing it can be improved further

Good so far, with more polishing it can be improved further

Pros

VirtualBox is essentially free and open-source that makes it desirable as a hypervisor/VM solution.

Cons

It lacks refinement and support such as on M1 macbooks which works against it in the market. More optimization is needed.

Mo'men Y.
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  • Industry: Telecommunications
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

VirtualBox Review

Reviewed on 2019/02/12

My personal experience with it could be both satisfactory and disappointing, honestly. On the...

My personal experience with it could be both satisfactory and disappointing, honestly. On the personal side, I'd say almost flawless, but on the professional side, it's not what I'd rely on, but again, you get what you pay for!

Pros

VirtualBox is open-source, easy and super fast to install and start, and it's free as well. It helps you test any OS in a few steps and switch between the operating systems you're running easily and swiftly. It's not exclusive to only one operating system.

Cons

If you just want to test operating systems and not go in-depth, VM VirtualBox would be okay. However, if you'd like to use it more in-depth, you'd find a few issues. Some computers do not allow the installation of a Virtual Machine software without changing the BIOS, and this, of course, isn't something everyone can do. Some features aren't supported without installing add-ons. Also, sound drivers aren't available. It takes a while to come up and if your computer isn't good on the specs side, you might have a laggy and slow experience. Changing the size of disk storage could be an issue, but such issued were paid attention to with newer versions (5.2). If you use the virtual OS you're running as a main drive or you rely on it for professional purposes, this could be a total disaster as you'd face countless network issues that'd hold you back. However, again, to be fair, these issues would be faced only if you go deep, but if you just run virtual OS for fun, or for simple usage, you'd have nothing to worry about.

Aris G.
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  • Industry: Consumer Services
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Powerful Software that requires Powerful Users

Reviewed on 2021/01/06

Of course we have big margin of profit from services we provide to our customers. We are solving...

Of course we have big margin of profit from services we provide to our customers. We are solving compatibility issues with legacy programs.

Pros

First and most of all, I like the fact that it's free because in our line of business we buy many apps and programs to support our customers and many programs are hard to own because of the cost. VirtualBox does all the work for free, leaving us able to get some profit. VirtualBox helps us with legacy software that cannot execute in newer OS, or software not compatible with Windows. So, we can provide our customers a middle solution to get updated with a newer OS and keep abandoned or unsupported old programs available and isolated from the main OS as well as isolated from the internet. In this way we keep our customers safe too, while the succeed in their job.

Cons

Some features require a little more knowledge or configuration to do in comparison to other paid software, but this is not a problem at all for advanced users.

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VirtualBox FAQs

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VirtualBox offers the following pricing plans:

  • Pricing model: Free, Open Source
  • Free Trial: Not Available

Oracle VM VirtualBox is available for free. It also offers Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack Enterprise commercial licenses. Pricing details are outlined below: Oracle VM VirtualBox Enterprise (Named User Plus; Perpetual): $6,100.00 for 100 units Oracle VM VirtualBox Enterprise (Socket; Perpetual): $1,220.00 for 1 unit

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VirtualBox has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1 000, 1 001+

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VirtualBox offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, Knowledge Base, Phone Support

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