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On OS X, 10.10, if I start a Vagrant based VirtualBox VM that is configured with a host only network adapter and then destroy that VM and attempt to re-create it with the VMware provider the vboxnet# adapter I used previously is still holding onto the static IP I have declared in the Vagrantfile. (the # at the end of vboxnet is an integer that can vary based on how many VM's have been spun up)

Without rebooting or uninstalling VirtualBox, how do I remove that vboxnet# virtual adapter? It doesn't get presented in the OS X network properties window.

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  • By the way, uninstalling VirtualBox and Vagrant won't clean the list. So, the solutions below are the way to go. :)
    – Arvid
    Feb 20 '17 at 10:07
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Open Virtualbox, click File -> Preferences -> Network -> Host-only Network, remove Vboxnet#

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    This is just a simple and working way to do it on Win7. You helped me, thanks.
    – Gondil
    Nov 5 '15 at 10:13
  • Sure enough, that looks like it would work. (Not sure how I missed that back when I originally posted the question; did they add this to the GUI between then and now?) Sep 2 '16 at 10:47
  • Even it worked in Fedora too
    – brg
    Sep 9 '16 at 8:25
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    This is now at File -> Host Network Manager
    – 13rac1
    Dec 28 '17 at 1:31
  • FYI, this showed nothing on my Mac running High Sierra. Nov 30 '18 at 0:57
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Looks like the VBoxManage command line tool is how to do it. Couldn't find a way to do it from the GUI, but this seems to work:

VBoxManage hostonlyif remove vboxnet4

(replace the '4' accordingly, of course)

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  • See above comment on how to do it via the GUI Sep 2 '16 at 10:47
  • This woirked for me on my Mac (High Sierra). In addition, you can list the networks with VBoxManage list hostonlyifs. Nov 30 '18 at 0:58
  • @EricSmalling It's possible that the GUI doesn't show a network, in which case this answer is more helpful Feb 5 '20 at 15:19

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