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I just started using the VirtualBox, but I don't seem to have any internet on the CentOS when I type yum update. Is there a solution to my problem? (it could possibly be a problem with misconfigured VirtualBox)

Here is an output of ifconfig.


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What is the output of your ifconfig? – Tillman32 Jun 23 '13 at 22:07 – Vlad Bondarenko Jun 23 '13 at 22:10
Yeah, you have no eth0 - just the loop back. I think I have the answer for you. – Tillman32 Jun 23 '13 at 22:11
I have just installed it, it's 100% clean. Maybe I need to configure my VirtualBox? – Vlad Bondarenko Jun 23 '13 at 22:12
@user0000001 - Update your question with the screenshot and I will upvote this question. – Ramhound Sep 26 '13 at 13:29
up vote 44 down vote accepted

Looks like your eth0 is not set up. Here is what I did to fix mine on CentOS 6.4.

sudo su -

cat /etc/sysconfig/network |grep -i network

This should return: NETWORKING=yes - If it does not, then change it to yes.

vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0

This should look like:


There are a few options that we want to change here, NM_CONTROLLED needs to be NO, ONBOOT needs to be YES, and finally add this code at the bottom:


This will allow you to grab an IP from your DHCP and essentially enable IPV4.

Now the whole file should look like this:


Save and close. Now, lets restart the network service to reload with these settings:

[root@Development ~]# service network restart
Shutting down interface eth0:                              [  OK  ]
Shutting down loopback interface:                          [  OK  ]
Bringing up loopback interface:                            [  OK  ]
Bringing up interface eth0:
Determining IP information for eth0... done.
                                                           [  OK  ]

Notice the ‘eth0′ – awesome! Now lets check to see if we got an IPV4 from our DHCP:


You should now see 'eth0'.

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About to try this. – Vlad Bondarenko Jun 23 '13 at 22:18
Did you get it working? – Tillman32 Jun 24 '13 at 22:17
Yes sir, it works like a charm. – Vlad Bondarenko Jun 25 '13 at 0:34
To me it looks like your virtual box VM is in a bridged mode ( attached to your hosts NIC ) and not getting it's own IP from your DHCP server. ( your router ) You tried to ping a 192.168.X.X address from a different subnet 10.X.X.X. Try to change your VMs NIC settings in virtualbox to NAT or independent. – Tillman32 Feb 18 '14 at 14:44
This worked wonders for me when setting up CentOS in VirtualBox. – Xerosigma Mar 10 '14 at 19:48

You have no networking configured. you should have enabled it during install (its not obvious, I missed it too during my first minimal-install). Try:

dhclient eth0 # gets you DHCP on en0

This will get you started. Then try:

yum install system-config-network-tui

Which will give you a curses based network config program where you can set things permanently.

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Awesome, it works. Thanks. Will I have to type the dhclient eth0 each time I reboot my virtual machine? – Vlad Bondarenko Jun 23 '13 at 22:16
Btw, getting an error – Vlad Bondarenko Jun 23 '13 at 22:18
No, use the network tool that you just installed with yum to enable DHCP on boot. – Rich Homolka Jun 23 '13 at 22:18

When you're installing CentOS, on the networking page, there is a button at the bottom left that allows you to configure the network settings. Click edit next to eth0 and find the checkbox to set the network to connect automatically.

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