How can I change the virtual machine's display name (displayed at the left-side pane of VirtualBox QT gui)?

I can't see any "rename" text in right-click menu.

I am using VirtualBox 4.3.14 on Linux.


From GUI

Shut down the machine, right-click on the machine, choose "Settings..." and from "General" tab -> "Basic" tab -> type in the "Name" box and click "OK".

From terminal

Shut down that machine and type this in terminal:

vboxmanage modifyvm ORIGNAL_NAME --name NEW_NAME

If you get "command not found" error with vboxmanage, try the same wtih VBoxManage (uppercase command).

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    I think this only works if the VM is powered down. – Bennett McElwee Mar 20 '15 at 1:38
  • Although the original question referred to Linux, maybe it could be useful for those who use VirtualBox on the Mac that the location of the VBoxManage command is /Applications/VirtualBox.app/Contents/MacOS/VBoxManage . Use this if you want to follow user2529583's advice on how to rename a VM on the command line. [NOTE: this was an answer but fixer1234 and JakeGould complained that it is rather a comment. So I put it here. Please yourselves.] – Laryx Decidua Dec 31 '15 at 15:38
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    It seems silly that you can't change this for a "Saved" machine. – neubert Jun 18 '16 at 20:23
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    Thanks I found i couldn't modify a "saved" machine, had to first start it, then power down, then could change the name. – clayton33 Oct 4 '17 at 15:30
  • @clayton33, I found this as well. – alpha_989 Mar 2 '18 at 18:30

protected by JakeGould Dec 16 '15 at 18:19

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