VirtualBox: access Windows-host shared folders from Ubuntu-guest

This is the scenario that you run Windows as your host operating system and Ubuntu in a VirtualBox, and that you want to access a specific Windows folder from Ubuntu.

First you have to make sure that have install Guest Additions. From the VirtualBox’s menu go to Devices → Install Guest Additions… This will mount a virtual CD on your /media/cdrom. Normally this folder’s window will show up. As root run the program When the program completes reboot your VirtualBox.

With Guest Additions installed you may now go ahead and define the shared folder(s). From the VirtualBox’s menu go to Devices → Shared Folders. A dialog will show up. In this dialog you can specify which folder from your Windows system you want to share with your Ubuntu. Press the button with the + symbol to add a new shared folder in the list. You will have to specify a Folder Name for each folder you add. Make sure you memorize that name because you will need it very soon.

When done with you shared folder(s) specification, you may now go ahead and actually mount these folders from Ubuntu. First you have to create a mounpoint, that is, a directory in your Ubuntu which will reflect the shared folder from Windows:

# sudo mkdir /media/windows-share

Of course you may choose an alternative path for your mountpoint. With your mountpoint created you can now mount the shared folder, like this:

# sudo mount -t vboxsf folder-name /media/windows-share

Where folder-name will be the name you assigned for this folder when you were adding it in the shared folders list.

You could use the /etc/init.d/rc.local script to execute these commands on startup to have the shared folders automatically mounted every time you start your Ubuntu VirtualBox.

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170 Responses to VirtualBox: access Windows-host shared folders from Ubuntu-guest

  1. Pablo says:

    Very useful!!!
    thanks a lot for this article…

    From Chile – Southamerica


  2. Pindey says:

    thank you so much!!!

  3. Pindey says:

    One question though, how do I used the ” /etc/init.d/rc.local” ?

  4. vastan says:

    but in my machine, i get this message

    mount: unknown filesystem type ‘vboxsf’

  5. D'Amico says:

    This is just what I needed! I would add that the shared folder may need to be in the following directory: C:Program FilesSunxVM VirtualBox

  6. SeanG says:

    Works like a CHARM. THANKS for outlining this.

  7. Kaiyuan says:

    Sorry, I’m pretty new to OS stuff, so my question might be quite low level.

    Qn) There are several VBoxLinuxAdditions(sth).run. How do I know which one I should choose?

  8. Eric says:

    Great tip, thanks for sharing this! FYI this is what I added to my Ubuntu VirtualBox guest /etc/rc.local file (top section of rc.local omitted). It now connects to the shared folder automatically on startup, as the blog owner stated. Very cool! (I have _VirtualBoxShared added under Vbox menu Devices > Shared Folders. _VirtualBoxShared is the name of the actual folder on my Windows Vista host box.) The folder ubushare is what I created instead of the tutorials /media/windows-share example.

    # By default this script does nothing.

    mount -t vboxsf _VirtualBoxShared /home/ubuntu/ubushare

    exit 0

    • Bochigger says:

      And for those of us who are really new to Ubuntu but are familiar with Windows text editors, I found the easiest way to edit /etc/rc.local for me to be:

      sudo gedit /etc/rc.local

  9. Ran says:

    Finally, a quick solution that works! Thank you!

  10. fisher says:

    I’ve followed the guide and I still can’t get this to work.

    After I set up the folders I keep getting this :

    fisher@fisher-laptop:~$ sudo mount -t vboxsf VBShare /home/fisher
    [sudo] password for fisher:
    /sbin/mount.vboxsf: mounting failed with the error: Protocol error

    Can anyone help me out with this?

  11. dolphin says:

    thanks for sharing this, couldn’t be easier !

  12. codeamatic says:

    thanks for sharing, this definitely was a quick solution to my problem… much appreciated…!!!

  13. An Aspiring Person says:

    I have a question… Is it possible to unmount the shared folder??? I accidentally put it in the wrong directory…I’m an ubuntu noob…

  14. mj says:

    thanks ,a lot ….it really workssssssss

  15. Badri says:

    Thanks a lot!! Very helpful article.

  16. Badri says:

    Thanks a lot!!

  17. saycat says:

    A great solution, thanks!

  18. stuntpilot says:

    Great site! You really helped me with the shared folders in virtualbox.

    Good luck being smoke free!

    You made the right decision.

  19. ubuntuuser says:

    mount is not working for me!

    but I use this command instead:

    mount.vboxsf NAME /PATH/TO/FOLDER

  20. Thanks for documenting this. I’m used to a few other VM tools where this is all automagic, I couldn’t figgure out why it wasn’t working.

  21. zourtney says:

    Anyone having problems might be helped be this link:

    I was initially getting something along the lines of “filesystem vboxsf unknown” but resolved it by following the steps in that post.

    Note: do not run “guest additions” shell script from the window manager — use the command line. I tried running the script by double clicking on it and it did not work (permission problem, probably).

    Works now!

  22. Alex says:

    >>I have a question… Is it possible to unmount the shared folder??? >>I accidentally put it in the wrong directory…I’m an ubuntu noob…

    I had the same problem =)
    To unmount folder use this:
    sudo umount /media/windows-share
    where /media/windows-share – your wrong directiory

  23. Kemi says:

    I’ve spent about 20 hours trying to find help on this… and found your article, which solved my issue in 2 minutes! Thanks!

  24. lunix rookie says:

    as clear as crystal.

  25. Christine says:

    This was very useful, thanks!

  26. Jimbo says:

    – Check to make sure that “vboxsf” is the name of your shared folder in “Devices > Shared Folders”. That was causing the same error for me.

  27. Colin Phelps says:

    This is a great article. The only suggestion as a Linux newbie is that a detailed explanation of the sybtax would be great to get a complete understanding.

  28. Anton says:

    Glad I found this article. You saved me many hours of going throuhg the docs. Thanks !

  29. SRib says:

    Help a newbie

    How do i avoid to insert sudo mount -t vboxsf folder-name /media/windows-share
    every time a start ubuntu?
    And how to make it available at “PLACES”

    tks in advance

  30. SRib says:

    forgot to add

    great post 🙂

  31. FID says:


    Thanks a lot! Worked great!

  32. Tim says:

    I had to:

    sudo apt-get install dkms

    then reinstall the guest additions, reboot and then:

    sudo mount -t vboxsf folder-name /media/windows-share

    and it worked.

  33. Debasis Goswami says:

    Wonderful! It worked exactly as the article published. Helps me playing with my Linux toy 🙂

  34. Ankush says:

    thanks a lot. . .It’s really an easy solution to the specified problem! ! ! nd ur solution works like a charm! ! ! ! ! !

  35. mo says:

    so far that sums up my linux experience. why do i have to do something as fundamental as mounting a drive using the command line?? i don’t want to go back to the DOS days, it’s 2009 not 1989. could you please describe how to do this using a gui?!!

  36. Duncan says:

    Nice one. I *needed* this info 🙂

  37. donnie says:

    To have the shared folder show up when you boot Ubuntu, add a line like this in /etc/fstab:

    folder-name /media/windows-share vboxsf uid=myusername 0 2

    Don’t use a startup script to mount a filesystem.

  38. Glen says:

    fisher, I had this problem too

    You need to run the command from another dir (e.g. do not run it from the /media dir)

    Anyways, great tutorial – Thanks!

  39. Pankaj Kumar says:

    Thanks… it worked… 🙂

  40. Chris says:

    Just as an alternative – you can configure your guest network adapter as bridged. This will allow the guest to get an address on the same subnet as your host from the DHCP server. From there, you can use WinSCP to copy files back from a linux installation that has SSH set up on it.

  41. Kerem says:

    Perfect Thank you it works

  42. john mower says:

    had to use mount.vboxsf, mount -t vboxsf wouldn’t work for me. thanks!

  43. Dan says:

    Hi, I did the above and it works, but I can’t write to it from Ubunto, it say’s Permission denied. I tried to sudo chmod, sudo chown. In the virtual box I did set it to mount permanently, but did not check off readonly. In windows I did the same. I can write as root, but just not as the regular user

    • Scott Wall says:

      Add the user to the group “vboxsf” –

      $ sudo adduser vboxsf

      (replace with the username of the user that needs full access).
      VirtualBox creates the mount points in /media with root as the owner and in the vboxsf group.
      The permissions are set at 770 (owner and group rwx, everyone nothing).
      For example, I shared the entire windows C: drive:

      $ls -l /media
      total 123
      ‘drwxrwx— 1 root vboxsf 131072 Jul 30 12:35 sf_C_DRIVE’

      Once I put my user in the vboxsf group I had full access.

  44. TuanAnh says:

    Awesome, thank you so much!

  45. MCdatashed says:

    Thanks loads for this! Very easy to follow and helpful.

  46. Mr T says:

    Worked like a charm! Thanks!

  47. Teiji says:

    Thanks. Now I can share files. Also, thanks donnie for the tips.

    Now, to figure how to make the windows-share as a desktop shortcut….

  48. Teiji says:

    “Now, to figure how to make the windows-share as a desktop shortcut…. ”

    Nvm, ctrl+ shift drag did the trick. 🙂

  49. neftalí says:

    Good tip. Thank you.

  50. Valmond says:

    Excellent, a Big Thanks!!!!

  51. Georg says:

    Also works well for USB-Sticks. (I never found a way to reliably accesss them under VirtualBox.) Thanks!

  52. scott says:

    thanks for the pointer. i did this and it worked flawlessly.

    so i got the brilliant idea to share a fat32 usb disc rather than repartition my ntfs drive (permissions issues with ntfs not fun). so i shared my empty usb disc and mounted it, but i couldn’t ls on the disc. said:

    “/bin/ls: cannot open directory .: Operation not permitted.”

    what the? it worked 2 minutes ago!

    it seems the disc IS working, but for some reason ls fails on an empty disc. so i created a text file:
    vi hi.txt

    i edited and saved the file. worked fine. i was then able to ls on the top-level directory.

  53. Pranav says:

    Thanks … It really helped me to mount a windows shared box on Ubuntu

  54. subodh says:

    Really simple and nice blog

  55. Pssh says:

    Why in the world does this require us to use the command line? Ridiculous. Make it show up as a virtual thumb drive or something.

  56. Junix says:

    If you’re root (“#” signal is showed), why do you proceed sudo command?

  57. Mondrok says:

    Thank you. Worked great!

    @Teiji: Thanks for the “ctrl+ shift drag” tip!

  58. Vicer says:

    Thank you very much. Worked like a charm.

  59. David says:

    Thank you a lot for this. VirtualBox configuration is confusing. You were clear and it works perfectly.


  60. David says:

    I typed “configuration” meaning “documentation” lol

    I’m sorry, I’m too sleepy 😛

  61. Matthew says:

    I can see the entire c: drive when I do an ls -la ~/shared. but when try to cp a file to ~/shared I get “cp: cannot create regular file `/home/mrentz/shared/redmine-0.9.3.tar.gz’: Protocol error.”

    What am I doing wrong?

    It would be awesome to get it working now that I’ve got this far.


  62. Matthew says:

    Forget previous message… I’ve figured it out and got it going. I just cd’ied into ~/shared/vboxsf (which is on the C:/ drive) and did a cp ~/path/file .
    boom boom and wallah!

    p.s. this is my first submission to an online post “ever”!

    I think you people who read and help on these things are Sooooo Coooool

  63. Dustin says:

    You freakin rock… I too had to run the installation via command line though.

  64. pritesh says:

    you save my time. Bunch of thanks.

  65. Manish Zedwal says:

    Many many thanks buddy.

  66. LS says:

    Thanks a lot for posting this, it worked like a charm. Will link this later when I write it down on my blog.

  67. jitendra says:

    hey buddy can u help me in starting opensource developement under linux

  68. Pranav says:

    Excellent…thanks. I followed it and worked great. I was looking for it for a while now. It works great. Thanks a lot.

  69. Ming the Merciless says:

    Thanks for posting – this issue seems to cause a lot of confusion.

    However, I do think the posters who wish to see how to mount the drive in the Ubuntu GUI.

  70. Ming the Merciless says:

    Thanks for posting – this issue seems to cause a lot of confusion.

    However, I do think the posters who wish to see how to mount the *folder* in the Ubuntu GUI.

  71. Tareq says:

    thanks dude 🙂

  72. Jarek says:


  73. ristarr11 says:

    Thank you!

  74. Randee Ashell says:

    Thank you, I have checked other tutorials and they were not successful but this one worked a charm. Thanks

  75. Joseph says:

    Thanks, this is really helpful!

  76. Noobulon says:

    Ok this is great n all but… when I try to mount I get
    user@user-desktop:/$ sudo mount -t vboxsf PDWNLDS /home/user/pdwnlds
    [sudo] password for user:
    /sbin/mount.vboxsf: mounting failed with the error: No such file or directory

    User=me but not real me

    so WTF? Ive been working to solve this issue for 6 days now! Fracking G@Y! I have the folder shared etc and it still wont mount, been to hundereds of sites without any success and even tried to get a product to mount the virtual disk so I can just extract my fracking data…you know if all you linux people want others to use linux instead of windows…MAKE IT FRACKING SIMPLER and GUI FRIENDLY!! So tired of this l33t speak shit makes me want to puke JUST TELL WHAT THE FRACKING SOLUTION IS and GET IT OVER WITH!

  77. bart says:

    I had the exact same problem. What I had done wrong was I hadn’t written the path correctly. I’d double check the path if I were you.

  78. Ricky Jay 'Dotcom' says:

    I have a problem When I install an error occured it says that “unknown file system ‘vboxsf’ ”
    By the way I’m using Ubuntu 10.10 is it because of the version or what??

    please tell me about this problem immediate action is highly appreciated. 😀


  79. joseph says:

    Thanks! great resource…

  80. bigDee says:

    Thanks for this simplicity. It works but in my case I need to run through the whole process including installation… I am newbie… any clues?

  81. How about if i’m using live cd to run ubuntu 8.04 on vbox ?, is’nt work properly…..

  82. .ny says:

    Thank you for precisely showing how to do this. It works! Thanks again! I am confused on how to make changes to rc.local because it opens read-only but I’m a newbie and sure I’m doing something wrong. Probably rights related. Also, another user recommended modifying fstab instead of rc.local – not sure what the difference is and what’s better. Thanks!

  83. Michigan says:

    I’m running a Vista host and Kubuntu 10.10 guest.
    Thanks for your excellent article. I’m new to this. It only took me two days to do this. So many people have posted replies I thought I should try to remember what worked for me. I finished about midnight so it’s kind of a blur but here is what I can remember. First I got errors when installing the VB Additions I copied the error into Google and found this VB forum post that states extra packages must be installed. After doing that VB Additions installed correctly.
    I created a shared folder in windows C:AA and a shared forlder in Linux in my home dir called ‘host’.
    I used Dolphin to create the linux folder.
    I had a lot of trouble with: sudo mount -t vboxsf folder-name /media/windows-share
    My errors were using a path for the windows ‘folder-name’ like win-pcAA. All that’s needed is the folder name ‘aa’.
    Also, the win and linux folder names must be different.
    Writing to ‘/etc/init.d/rc.local’ must be done as root. This page also helped change the ownership from root to me.
    Thanks again.

  84. ECM says:

    This worked great! Thanks!

  85. hitman says:

    to mount the shared folder @ boot time, add the following commands in a terminal.

    sudo su

    gedit /etc/init.d/rc.local

    mount -t vboxsf VMshare-win /home/hitman/Desktop/VMshare-Ubu

    where “VMshare-win” is the folder created in Windows host OS
    “VMshare-Ubu” is the folder created on Ubuntu guest OS.
    note: add the last line @ the end of rc.local file.

  86. Rui says:

    Took me a great deal of time to get this solved. As I read somewhere before, it isn’t at all expected that any Ubuntu user as to deal with DOS like commands to get things going, especially newcomers.

    I found a webpost with the easiest solution to sharing folders between Host OS (Win7) and Guest OS (Ubuntu 11.04) with VirtualBox:

    I hope this saves a lot of someone else’s time looking for a way to make things work!

  87. HaTh says:

    I found this when trying to set up share folder(s) between BackTrack guest OS with XP 2000 Prof host. Hope this also saves your time too!

  88. john says:

    Hi HItman,
    I tried to do the same u mentioend regarding adding the command to etc by gedit, but I have run into problems. Now, when ever I open my places and enter home folder, I am not able to open the folder, but it opens gedit with error showing /home/ is not the directory. How can I solve this problem and revert back to see my home folder.

  89. kola says:

    every time when i reboot share folder does.t work
    why ?
    help me

  90. Konstantinos says:

    This was really helpful!


  91. atctex says:

    Worked great!
    Many thanks!

  92. Pat says:

    Worked great! The Unbuntu and VirtualBox sites were unclear in their instructions, and had bad examples. You laid it out simply and it worked the first time! Thanks!

  93. CudaDude says:

    Worked, very good instructions. I have been searching on the web and have found many instructions but never explained in a maner I could understand or apply. Thanks.

  94. Xeelee says:

    Thanks! Really helpful for a newbie that just started using virtualbox and ubuntu. search all over for this.

  95. Tayyip Erdoğan says:

    Thanx bitch 😀

  96. Mangesh says:

    thanks a lot .it worked for me….

  97. Tadrash Shah says:

    Thanks a lot..I have been searching for this since long…

  98. wathmal says:

    yes, its working and thank you so much, i’ve been searching for this for hours and finally solved!
    thanks in advanced!

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  100. Matt says:

    I’m using this guide as part of my course. First thanks for sharing. Now for the issue I had (and solved).
    I’m not a Linux person, so this wasn’t obvious for me, but when creating the share as above I found I could not write to the share from the guest system, I got a “permission denied” message when trying to do mkdir which sucked when trying to use GIT having to sudo everything. (Note the host is OSx so this might be a Unix permissions issue, Windows users may have it easier?)

    As a solution to the Permission Denied error:
    1) I put the OSx host folder somewhere freely writable (IE. to be on the (un)safe side) in my public folder and shared it. Note I’m on VPN so no worries about intruders in my home office! this part isn’t a great way to solve this though.. comments anyone?).
    2) Did all of the above. No issues.
    3) Checked I could ‘see’ the host from in Ubuntu.
    4) And this is the magic… Do this on the shared folder in Ubuntu to make it writable to your ‘regular’ account
    sudo chmod 777 ~/Documents/MyShare

    The above plus the host machine permissions combined allowed me to write to the folders from both my OSx machine and the Unbutu virtual box.

    Anyone with tips on how I could do without using the public folder on OSx please comment! It’s not an ideal solution…

  101. Issa says:

    Thanks a lot!

  102. thanassis says:


    I did all than and works. I even add the script at the end of /etc/init.d/rc.local and its ok. Thanks a lot!!!

  103. GRoman says:

    For Mac OS user see thread to get help on permission issues.

  104. Stanko says:

    Thank you.

  105. Jonie says:

    A super noob and Linux’s and VirtualBox here.
    How was it for this one:
    # sudo mount -t vboxsf folder-name /media/windows-share

    if I wanted my Shared Folder on my other Windows drive (e.g. D:My Shared)?

  106. Jonie says:

    Haha, stupeee meee!
    I’m talking about the ‘Folder Path’ (duh) (on the Edit Share dialog), when all I have to use is supposed to be the next entry which is ‘Folder Name’…
    Solved on my end,
    Thanks thanks……………….

  107. San says:

    Really helped.. Simple to understand and easy to follow..
    Thanks a lot!!!!


  108. Pěna says:

    Thank you very much. I’ve been looking for this for a long time 🙂

  109. Spaceghost says:

    U sir are a genius! I spent almost 3 hours trying to share a folder until i found this site. Thx!!

  110. eric says:

    awesome, exactly what I am looking for

  111. linda says:

    i followed your instructions, $ sudo mkdir/media/windows-share and the machine replies with command not found! i’m using windows 8 host and ubuntu 12.04 as guest on virtual box. somebody help, please, i’m a newbie

  112. Nohal says:

    you are missing a space between mkdir and the slash

  113. Tom Ekberg says:

    Why not modify /etc/fstab instead of /etc/init.d/rc.local?

  114. James Wilson says:

    Fully Agreed with the points here, and it shows a great deal of correct sense. Thanks for the wonderful flow of information 

  115. Apoorva BT says:

    THank you so much ! Am a newbie and this helped me a lot !

  116. suhas says:

    Loads of thanks for posting this!! Very useful and saved a lot of time!! I was just banging my head around for sharing folders…. Great work!!

  117. bernadette says:

    thank you so much! I needed this for a project. 🙂

  118. Danielle says:

    Thanks a lot!

  119. Eric says:

    Some heads up for beginners. Terminal is where you will be entering your commands for Ubuntu. If after you open terminal it does not say (roo)t you need to enter “sodu su”
    Default password is “adminuser” if prompted.
    From there I found that it was easiest to drag and drop the “” file.
    Then followed the directions and everything else worked flawless.
    “sudo mkdir /media/windows-share” //no qutoes
    followed by
    “sudo mount -t vboxsf NAMEOFYOURFOLDERHERE /media/windows-share”

  120. Hao says:

    Thx, this help me a lot

  121. Prem says:

    Thanks dear…

  122. S.S.MANI says:

    Thank you so much.
    I have been struggling for a week now.
    The /etc command was found nowhere else but here! That did the tick I think.
    Thanks once again.

  123. arunkumar says:


    i install my system ubuntu 12.04 and in virtualbox we create window xp. how share folder between this two ( ubuntu host and windows xp guest).


  124. Ricardo Sousa says:

    Thank you. A simple solution that works.

  125. yabwon says:

    Thanks, your solution helped me very much!

  126. This blog was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally
    I have found something which helped me. Thanks a lot!

  127. Wow! At last I got a website from where I know how to really get valuable information concerning
    my study and knowledge.

  128. خرید vpn says:

    Very interesting,thank you

  129. Hashim says:

    thank you so much for help

  130. Milanos says:

    For all dummies (having already installed Virtual Box additions and in VirtualBox having Shared Folders already linked/created):
    1. run terminal (in Tab “Applications” “Accessories” these are below Machine View Devices Help on your Desktop)
    2. via copy/paste:
    gksu gnome-terminal
    (this makes you to root)
    3. (maybe this is not necessary but I have done it, move to your folder “/media” where are sf_ folders located ) so paste:
    cd /media

    4. command “dir” shows you all shared folders so paste:

    – this will show you how the folder looks like, mine is:
    sf_E_DRIVE sf_NTFS sf_Windows7 windows-share
    sf_New_folder sf_RAMDisk VBOXADDITIONS_4.3.24_98716

    5. Now for the folder sf_E_DRIVE execute command (without the sf prefix):
    mount -t vboxsf E_DRIVE /home

    (Note: my E_Drive has a FAT32 formating – works fine, my NTFS drive has formating as the name it says and it does not work)

    6. move to folder /home and you should see your shared files

    cd /home

    • Nostromov says:

      Hi, that’s a negative!..:)

      ^^ gksu is depreciated & the *correct* CMD to use is: pkexec (to run applications as root with graphical authentication) 🙂

      • Nostromov says:

        Ehh, forgot to clarify /add: pkexec is anything but handy, if you’re trying to run any sort of other-than-extremely-known application, it requires PolicyKit (!); & I don’t know whether this is cool, or not… Here’s a link, about it

        Btw., as I’m checking (all) this out – while I’m posting – noticing that teh Xubuntu 15.10 (Ubuntu) Software Center is loading Mint Cinnamon, when searching for PolicyKit, which is total madness: pkexec is NOT new, it’s been around for a couple of builds -now- and on top of it all, it’s become neccessary… So, for this to occur – ah, idk. xD

        *screenshots upped 2

    • Milanos says:

      I would like to ad following useful command: sudo adduser your_username vboxsf
      so mine is milanosz and this looks like:
      sudo adduser milanosz vboxsf
      it removes problems with editing /etc/init.d/rc.local, it makes the change permanent.

  131. guru says:

    Thanks,It worked very well for me.

  132. Hraban says:

    While this would look nice in /etc/fstab, as some people have mentioned, that’s not the whole story: to mount this share, you need the vboxsf kernel module loaded. Out of the box, that module is loaded *after* /etc/fstab is processed, meaning boot will hang if you have it there. To mount at boot, either put it in /etc/rc.local, or change the boot order to ensure the vboxsf kernel module is loaded before /etc/fstab is processed.

    Another solution is to put it in /etc/fstab with the noauto option. This puts the configuration in the logical place (fstab) but allows you to mount later, with just mount /mnt/… (no further options).

  133. Sanjib says:

    Very useful…thanks a lot for sharing this..

  134. Sam says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing this

  135. Vazha Gelashvili says:


  136. Vikram says:

    Thanks a ton !!

  137. Liviu Balan says:

    If you want to learn more about shared folders on VirtualBox (Linux Mint/Ubuntu Desktop) you can checkout VirtualBox Shared Folders on Linux Mint (video tutorial).

  138. Kendra says:

    I am rnnuing Linux Mint 9 Isadora as guest in VirtualBox on a Windows 7 host, been rnnuing it for a few weeks now and almost all the Compiz effects run smoothly, except for the cube. I can spin it, but it more than often tends to have a life of its own, jumping, spinning and bouncing like crazy making me lose control of it. This never happened to me when I ran Linux in dualboot with Windsows before. I wanted to run Linux in VirtualBox so that I could have either OS available to me at all times without the need of rebooting. I love rnnuing Linux like this but I would like to know if anyone else have experienced the cube having this kind of behaviour in VirtualBox before and if there’s a way to make it spin more smoothly?

  139. Ronny says:


    I have a question, i already mounted the windows partition on Ubuntu but I can not write on it. Even when i dont have the check of just read.

    How can I do to write on it??


  140. Justin Case says:


  141. Alaa Seada says:

    Great! thank you so much.

  142. Chris says:

    This got me up and running….thanks!

  143. Minh says:

    Great thanks to you!

  144. Asha says:

    Great thanks to you!

  145. Just what I need for my little script factory which runs on a small guest system but creates to much output to be stored. So I can move it to windows and handle it from their.

  146. Sagar Jain says:

    Great Thanks to you! very useful post.

  147. busra says:


    i wanna connect those folders immidiatly when i open to virtualbox . i dont want to write “mount” code on the terminal. it can connect itself. how can i do ? i wrote to /etc/rc.local but it isnt connect i have to start /etc/rc.local.

  148. Marko says:

    Thank you! Your article is still relevant today, only now did I realize I didn’t have the guest additions installed (which I had initially read online should be installed automatically).

  149. Jake says:

    Had to give a shout out for this very easy little tutorial. Worked great!

  150. ame says:

    Doesn’t work “/sbin/mount.vboxsf: mounting failed with the error: Protocol error

  151. Spasoklampanias says:

    Hello patrida,

    I suppose that your instructions apply to version 8.04. I intend to use such an old version because my computers do not much processing power in order to use a newer (and more demanding) one.

  152. Spasoklampanias says:

    Have you written any article for a WiFi connection?

    I have two PC, one with Win7 and another with Win10. I want to install Ubuntu 8.04.

    How can I setup it in order to provide Internet access through a USB WiFi connected to the host?

  153. Thanks for sharing great information with us. it’s really very helpful information for me.

  154. jerry says:

    Guest additions won’t install because “This system is not currently set up to build kernel modules.” So either Oracle or Ubuntu hasn’t made this virtual machine ready for consumption by the general public.

  155. Rohit Kumar Shrivastava says:

    I also solved my problem with your help.

  156. Abelardo says:

    Hi there!

    Great article!

    I have Windows 10 as host. Inside, a VirtualBox virtual machine runs Ubuntu.
    I bound a Windows folder to Ubuntu folder with shared folders. All here is ok.

    I would like to map as network drive with that Ubuntu folder. How could I do this, please?
    Any help would be welcome!

    Thanks in advance. Brs.

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