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This package was approved as a trusted package on 5/14/2019.

VirtualBox is a cross-platform virtualization application. It installs on existing Intel or AMD-based computers, whether they are running Windows, Mac, Linux or Solaris operating systems. It extends the capabilities of your existing computer so that it can run multiple operating systems (inside multiple virtual machines) at the same time.

Package parameters


  • /CurrentUser - Install for current user only
  • /NoDesktopShortcut - Do not create desktop shortcut
  • /NoQuickLaunch - Do not create quick launch icon
  • /NoRegister - Do not register virtualbox file extensions
  • /NoPath - Do not add virtualbox install directory to the PATH
  • /NoExtensionPack - Do not install extension pack


  • /KeepExtensions - Do not uninstall installed virtualbox extensions

Example: choco install virtualbox --params "/NoDesktopShortcut /NoExtensionPack"

To install VirtualBox, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install virtualbox

To upgrade VirtualBox, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade virtualbox


  • chocolateyBeforeModify.ps1 Show
    $toolsPath = Split-Path $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition
    . $toolsPath\helpers.ps1
    $packageName = 'virtualbox'
    #For acpipowerbutton to work on Windows server see:
    #sp HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system shutdownwithoutlogon 1
    $shutdown_type = 'savestate'  # 'acpipowerbutton', 'poweroff', 'savestate'
    $pvbox = Get-Process virtualbox -ea 0
    if (!$pvbox) {
        Write-Host "$packageName is not running"
    Write-Host "$packageName is running, trying to gracefully shutdown any running machines"
    $installLocation = Get-VirtualBoxIntallLocation
    if (!$installLocation) { Write-Warning "Can not find existing installation location of $packageName"; return }
    if (!(Test-Path $installLocation\VBoxManage.exe)) { Write-Warning "Existing installation of $packageName found but unable to find VBoxManage.exe"; return }
    $commands = "Set-Alias vboxmanage '$installLocation\VBoxManage.exe'`n"
    $commands += @'
    [string[]] $runningvms = vboxmanage list runningvms 2>&1
    if ($LastExitCode -ne 0) { Write-Error "Error running vboxmanage - can't get running vms" }
    if ($runningvms -and ($runningvms.Length -eq 0)) { "No running machines"; return }
    'Number of machines running: ' + $runningvms.Length
    foreach ($vm in $runningvms) {
        $vmid = $vm -split ' ' | select -Last 1
        $vmname = $vm.Replace($vmid, '').Trim()
        Write-Host "Shutting down the machine $vmname"
        vboxmanage controlvm $vmid SHUTDOWN_TYPE 2>$null
        if ($LastExitCode -ne 0) { Write-Error "Error running vboxmanage - can't power down running vm: $vmname" }
        else { "Machine $vmname powered down prior to installation using 'SHUTDOWN_TYPE' method" }
    '@ -replace 'SHUTDOWN_TYPE', $shutdown_type
    $res = Start-ProcessNonElevated -Cmd $commands -UsePowershell
    $res.out -join "`n" | Write-Host
    if ($res.err) { "Errors during graceful shutdown`n" + ($res.err -join "`n") | Write-Warning }
    ## Doesn't seem to be required
    #Write-Host "Killing $packageName process"
    #$pvbox | kill
  • chocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    $toolsPath = Split-Path $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition
    . $toolsPath\helpers.ps1
    $cert = Get-ChildItem Cert:\CurrentUser\TrustedPublisher -Recurse | Where-Object { $_.Thumbprint -eq 'a88fd9bdaa06bc0f3c491ba51e231be35f8d1ad5' }
    if (!$cert) {
        $toolsPath = Split-Path $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition
        Start-ChocolateyProcessAsAdmin "certutil -addstore 'TrustedPublisher' '$toolsPath\oracle.cer'"
    $pp = Get-PackageParameters
    $silentArgs = @('-s -l -msiparams REBOOT=ReallySuppress')
    $silentArgs += if (!$pp.CurrentUser)      { 'ALLUSERS=1' } else { 'ALLUSERS=2';  Write-Host 'Param: Installing for current user' }
    $silentArgs += if ($pp.NoDesktopShortcut) { 'VBOX_INSTALLDESKTOPSHORTCUT=0';     Write-Host 'Param: No desktop shortcut' }
    $silentArgs += if ($pp.NoQuickLaunch)     { 'VBOX_INSTALLQUICKLAUNCHSHORTCUT=0'; Write-Host 'Param: No quick launch shortcut' }
    $silentArgs += if ($pp.NoRegister)        { 'VBOX_REGISTERFILEEXTENSIONS=0';     Write-Host 'Param: No registration for virtualbox file extensions' }
    $packageArgs = @{
      packageName            = 'virtualbox'
      fileType               = 'EXE'
      url                    = ''
      url64bit               = ''
      checksum               = '81e05e3258b92637d75747096aa76464bc12223e0081cc03ee1736a16ed05764'
      checksum64             = '81e05e3258b92637d75747096aa76464bc12223e0081cc03ee1736a16ed05764'
      checksumType           = 'sha256'
      checksumType64         = 'sha256'
      silentArgs             = $silentArgs
      validExitCodes         = @(0)
      softwareName           = 'Oracle VM VirtualBox *'
    Install-ChocolateyPackage @packageArgs
    $packageName = $packageArgs.packageName
    $installLocation = Get-VirtualBoxIntallLocation
    if (!$installLocation)  { Write-Warning "Can't find $packageName install location, can't install extension pack"; return }
    if (!$pp.NoExtensionPack) {
        Write-Host "Installing extension pack"
        $url_ep       = ''
        $checksum_ep  = '6d89127c7f043fa96592da96ca87ac5ee9a7afd347d788380f91b695b67d7954'
        $file_path_ep = (Get-PackageCacheLocation) + '\' + ($url_ep -split '/' | Select-Object -Last 1)
        Get-ChocolateyWebFile `
            -PackageName    'virtualbox-extensionpack' `
            -FileFullPath   $file_path_ep `
            -Url            $url_ep `
            -Url64bit       $url_ep `
            -Checksum       $checksum_ep `
            -Checksum64     $checksum_ep `
            -ChecksumType   'sha256' `
            -ChecksumType64 'sha256'
        if (!(Test-Path $file_path_ep)) { Write-Warning "Can't download latest extension pack" }
        else {
            Set-Alias vboxmanage $installLocation\VBoxManage.exe
            "y" | vboxmanage extpack install --replace $file_path_ep 2>&1
            if ($LastExitCode -ne 0) { Write-Warning "Extension pack installation failed with exit code $LastExitCode" }
    if (!$pp.NoPath) { Write-Host "Adding to PATH if needed"; Install-ChocolateyPath $installLocation }
    Write-Host "$packageName installed to '$installLocation'"
    Register-Application "$installLocation\$packageName.exe" vbox
    Write-Host "$packageName registered as vbox"
  • chocolateyUninstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'
    $toolsPath = Split-Path $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition
    . $toolsPath\helpers.ps1
    $pp = Get-PackageParameters
    if ($pp.KeepExtensions) {
    $installLocation = Get-VirtualBoxIntallLocation
    if (!$installLocation) { Write-Warning "Can not find existing installation location of $packageName"; return }
    $vboxManage = "$installLocation\VBoxManage.exe"
    if (!(Test-Path $vboxManage)) { Write-Warning "Existing installation of $packageName found but unable to find VBoxManage.exe"; return }
    $extensions = . $vboxManage list extpacks | Where-Object { $_ -match 'Pack no' } | ForEach-Object { $_ -split '\:' | Select-Object -last 1 }
    $extensions | ForEach-Object {
      $extName = $_.Trim()
      Write-Host "Uninstalling extension: '$extName'"
      Start-ChocolateyProcessAsAdmin -ExeToRun $vboxManage -Statements 'extpack','uninstall',"`"$extName`"" -Elevate 2>&1
    Write-Host "Cleaning up extensions before uninstalling virtualbox"
    Start-ChocolateyProcessAsAdmin -ExeToRun $vboxManage -Statements 'extpack', 'cleanup' 2>&1
  • helpers.ps1 Show
    function Get-VirtualBoxIntallLocation() {
        $vbox_msi = Get-ItemProperty 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment' VBOX_MSI_INSTALL_PATH -ea 0 | Select-Object -expand VBOX_MSI_INSTALL_PATH
        if ($vbox_msi -and $vbox_msi.EndsWith('\')) { $vbox_msi = $vbox_msi -replace '.$' }
        Write-Verbose 'Checking VBOX_MSI_INSTALL_PATH'
        if ( $installLocation = $vbox_msi ) {
            if (Test-Path $installLocation) { return $installLocation }
        Write-Verbose 'Checking Get-AppInstallLocation'
        if ( $installLocation = Get-AppInstallLocation 'virtualbox') { return $installLocation }
    function Start-ProcessNonElevated( [string] $Cmd, [switch]$UsePowerShell ) {
        $svc = Get-Service Schedule -ea 0
        if ($svc -and $svc.Status -ne 'Running') { throw 'Start-ProcessNonElevated requires running Task Scheduler service' }
        $res = @{}
        $tmp_base  = [System.IO.Path]::GetTempFileName()
        $tmp_base  = $tmp_base -replace '\.tmp$'
        $tmp_name  = Split-Path $tmp_base -Leaf
        $task_name = "Start-ProcessNonElevated-$tmp_name"
        Write-Verbose "Temporary files: $tmp_base"
        if ($UsePowershell) {
                '$r = "{0}"' -f $tmp_base
                ". {{`n{0}`n}} >`"`$r.out.log`" 2>`"`$r.err.log`"" -f $Cmd
            ) -join "`n" | Out-String | Out-File "$tmp_base.ps1"
            $cmd = "powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -WindowStyle Hidden -NoLogo -NonInteractive -File '$tmp_base.ps1'"
        Write-Verbose "Creating scheduled task for command:`n$cmd"
        schtasks.exe /Create /RU $Env:USERNAME /TN $task_name /SC ONCE /ST 00:00 /F /TR $cmd *> "$tmp_base.schtasks.log"
        schtasks.exe /run /tn $task_name *>> "$tmp_base.schtasks.log"
        Write-Verbose 'Waiting for scheduled task to finish'
        do {
            $status = schtasks /query /tn $task_name /FO csv | ConvertFrom-Csv | Select-Object -expand Status
            Start-Sleep 1
        until ($status -eq 'Ready')
        schtasks.exe /delete /F /tn $task_name *>> "$tmp_base.schtasks.log"
        if ($UsePowershell) {
            $res = @{
                out = Get-Content "$tmp_base.out.log" -ea 0
                err = Get-Content "$tmp_base.err.log" -ea 0
        return $res
  • oracle.cer

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Oracle Corporation


Copyright (C) 2009-2016 Oracle Corporation


Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
VirtualBox 6.0.6 15693 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 approved
VirtualBox 6.0.4 26739 Monday, January 28, 2019 approved
VirtualBox 6.0.2 9123 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 approved
VirtualBox 6.0.0 12067 Wednesday, December 19, 2018 approved
VirtualBox 5.2.30 64 Saturday, May 18, 2019 approved
VirtualBox 5.2.28 162 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 approved
VirtualBox 5.2.26 1365 Monday, January 28, 2019 approved
VirtualBox 5.2.24 154 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 approved
VirtualBox 5.2.22 22567 Friday, November 9, 2018 approved
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