How to Install Guest Additions in Linux Mint 19.1

In this article, we will install Guest Additions using the terminal on the Linux Mint virtual machine.

Guest Additions are designed to be installed on a virtual machine after the guest operating system is installed, and include drivers and optimizations for better system performance and availability.

When installing VirtualBox Guest Additions, the virtual machine must have better video support (including hardware-accelerated graphics), shared dashboard, drag-and-drop support between host and hosts, and shared folders among others.

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For example, in Fedora 29, which comes with the VirtualBox Guest Additions package installed by default, you can use VirtualBox 6.0 to change the size of the machine window and enable the shared board between the host and hosts.

Another example In Ubuntu, when you install the packages of the VirtualBox Guest Additions repository, you will be able to synchronize the clipboard function between the host computer and the guest computer. The drag-and-drop function will also be enabled to share folders between the host and guest computers.

It should be noted that the use of Ubuntu on a virtual machine and the installation of guest additions provided by the repository, as well as the use of the new VirtualBox 6.0 file manager, should allow folder sharing between the host computer and the guest computer.

How to Configure Guest Additions in Mint Virtual Machine

From the VirtualBox program’s menu, select Devices> Insert Guest Additions CD image. Then run the following command on the terminal.

sudo /media/$USER/VBox_GAs*/VBoxLinuxAdditions.run

If you plan to use shared folders (optional): add your username to the vboxsf group on the guest operating system.

Add the guest computer user name to the vboxsf group (on the guest machine) for shared folders to work:

sudo usermod -aG vboxsf UserName

Without this, you cannot access the contents of the shared folder on the guest computer.

This operation is not required to use the new VirtualBox file manager, but only for the existing VirtualBox shared folder function.

Now you should be able to use all the available features of Guest Additions!

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