How to Install VirtualBox on Fedora 38/37

In this tutorial, you will learn how to install Oracle VirtualBox on Fedora Linux. VirtualBox is a very easy-to-use solution for all of your virtualization needs on Fedora, allowing you run different Linux distros, Windows, MacOS, and BSD as guest operating systems.

These instructions have been verified to work on the most recent Fedora versions:

  • Fedora 38
  • Fedora 37

Step 1. First, install the required dependencies:

$ sudo dnf -y install @development-tools
$ sudo dnf -y install kernel-headers kernel-devel dkms elfutils-libelf-devel qt5-qtx11extras

Step 2. Next, we will add the VirtualBox package repository by downloading it from virtualbox.org:

$ sudo wget -P /etc/yum.repos.d/ https://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/rpm/fedora/virtualbox.repo

Step 3. Import the VirtualBox GPG key:

$ sudo dnf search virtualbox

Answer Y when asked for confirmation.

Step 4. Finally, install the latest version of VirtualBox:

$ sudo dnf install VirtualBox-7.0

Step 5. Add your user to the vboxusers group to enable USB usage:

$ sudo usermod -aG vboxusers $USER

All done. Launch VirtualBox from your system menus or from the terminal using the following command:

$ virtualbox

7 thoughts on “How to Install VirtualBox on Fedora 38/37”

  1. Hi, I was not able to get virtualbox working because the following error occurred on vm startup: Kernel driver not installed

    1. Make sure that you have run the two dnf commands in step 1 to install the prerequisites. If you still receive the error, it’s probably because you have Secure Boot enabled in UEFI.

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