How to make VM in VirtualBox start headless by default? Not to press SHIFT every time to start headless...


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execute command

VBoxManage modifyvm "vmname" --defaultfrontend headless

refer: GUI Always Start Headless

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    Why have a manual when there is Stack. Thanks.
    – Coroos
    Jan 16, 2020 at 10:39

Commenting on a relic but I think it's worth mentioning that you can set the default for all VMs to start headless by setting the global configuration via:

VBoxManage setproperty defaultfrontend headless
  • thanks for that. Note that it is VBoxManage with a capital B, but I can't edit the answer because it's only 1 character difference.
    – Wadih M.
    Jun 24, 2021 at 2:13

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