I am using WSL on Windows 10 Home Version.

The Ubuntu version is 16.04 LTS.

I did these:

$ sudo apt-get install virtualbox

Then run:

$ VBoxManage --version

The error was:

WARNING: The character device /dev/vboxdrv does not exist.
     Please install the virtualbox-dkms package and the appropriate
     headers, most likely linux-headers-3.4.0+.

     You will not be able to start VMs until this problem is fixed.


$ sudo apt-get install virtualbox-dkms

The message:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
virtualbox-dkms is already the newest version (5.0.36-dfsg-0ubuntu1.16.04.2).
virtualbox-dkms set to manually installed.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 3 not upgraded.

Then, how to install?

  • You can't. Use the Windows version directly.
    – cylgalad
    Apr 21, 2017 at 7:29
  • @cylgalad Do you mean use the version which been installed on windows? Then how to use it? Apr 21, 2017 at 7:35
  • Install dkms and the linux-headers package
    – GAD3R
    Apr 22, 2017 at 12:45

1 Answer 1


If you want to have a latest version of VirtualBox, check the official documentation.

Add one of the following lines according to your distribution to your /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian xenial contrib
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian trusty contrib
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian precise contrib

Alternatively, you can use add-apt-repository to add to your /etc/apt/sources.list:

sudo apt-add-repository "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian $(lsb_release -sc) contrib"

Add secure key:

wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Install VirtualBox:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install virtualbox
  • I have tried this way but the result was the same. Apr 24, 2017 at 2:18

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