Install virtualbox guest additions on Debian 7 wheezy

Virtualbox guest additions in Debian

Debian 7 wheezy has virtualbox guest additions inbuilt. So after installing debian on virtualbox the guest addition features are immediately available. However the guest additions bundled with debian is general of older version compared to the latest virtualbox version. So its a good idea to install the latest virtualbox guest additions.

Here is a quick command that will tell the version of virtualbox guest additions currently installed.

# lsmod | grep -io vboxguest | xargs modinfo | grep -iw version version: 4.1.18_Debian

So in the default installation of debian 7, the guest additions version 4.1.18 are inbuilt. So it needs to be updated.

The same command can be run in 2 steps instead.

# lsmod | grep -i vboxvboxsf 29071 1 vboxvideo 12437 1 drm 183952 2 vboxvideo vboxguest 148611 6 vboxsf # modinfo vboxguestfilename: /lib/modules/3.2.0-4-amd64/updates/dkms/vboxguest.ko version: 4.1.18_Debian license: GPL description: Oracle VM VirtualBox Guest Additions for Linux Module author: Oracle Corporation srcversion: 2B8D846D07E45862D5C0169 alias: pci:v000080EEd0000CAFEsv00000000sd00000000bc*sc*i* depends: vermagic: 3.2.0-4-amd64 SMP mod_unload modversions #

Install latest guest additions

First the system needs to be prepared to compile the latest virtualbox guest additions.

# apt-get install build-essential module-assistant

Next, install the necessary kernel headers using module assistant.

# m-a prepare

Now click Devices > Install Guest Additions in virtualbox window to mount the guest addition image. And then proceed with installation.

root@localhost:/media/cdrom0# ./ Verifying archive integrity... All good. Uncompressing VirtualBox 4.2.12 Guest Additions for Linux............ VirtualBox Guest Additions installer You appear to have a version of the VBoxGuestAdditions software on your system which was installed from a different source or using a different type of installer. If you installed it from a package from your Linux distribution or if it is a default part of the system then we strongly recommend that you cancel this installation and remove it properly before installing this version. If this is simply an older or a damaged installation you may safely proceed. Do you wish to continue anyway? [yes or no] y Removing existing VirtualBox DKMS kernel modules ...done. Removing existing VirtualBox non-DKMS kernel modules ...done. Copying additional installer modules ... Installing additional modules ... Removing existing VirtualBox DKMS kernel modules ...done. Removing existing VirtualBox non-DKMS kernel modules ...done. Building the VirtualBox Guest Additions kernel modules ...done. Doing non-kernel setup of the Guest Additions ...done. You should restart your guest to make sure the new modules are actually used Installing the Window System drivers Installing X.Org Server 1.12 modules ...done. Setting up the Window System to use the Guest Additions ...done. You may need to restart the hal service and the Window System (or just restart the guest system) to enable the Guest Additions. Installing graphics libraries and desktop services components ...done. root@localhost:/media/cdrom0#

All lines should show as done. Especially the line "Building the VirtualBox Guest Additions kernel modules". Once done, restart the guest. Also check the guest additions version again.

# lsmod | grep -io vboxguest | xargs modinfo | grep -iw version version: 4.2.12

If the cdrom has got mounted as readonly and not allowing to execute file then remount it using the mount command.

# mount -o remount,exec /dev/sr0 mount: warning: /media/cdrom0 seems to be mounted read-only.

Replace /dev/sr0 with the device name. The device name can be found by running just mount command.

So now you should have the latest virtualbox guest additions installed in the Debian guest. Enjoy!

Last Updated On : 31st July 2013