This is guide, howto install Oracle VirtualBox Guest Additions on Fedora, CentOS and Red Hat (RHEL). This guide should work with Fedora 18/17/16/15/14/13/12, CentOS 6.3/6.2/6.1/6.0/5.9, Red Hat (RHEL) 6.3/6.2/6.1/6/5.9.
VirtualBox Guest Additions is special software that can be installed inside Linux virtual machines to improve performance and make integration much more seamless. Among the features provided by these VirtualBox Guest Additions are mouse pointer integration and arbitrary screen solutions (e.g. by resizing the guest window).
Install VirtualBox Guest Additions on Fedora, CentOS and Red Hat (RHEL)
1. Change root user
2. Mount VirtualBox Guest Additions
Click Devices > Install Guest Additions… on VirtualBox
Mount VirtualBox Guest Additions device
mount -r /dev/cdrom /media/VirtualBoxGuestAdditions
3. Make sure that you are running latest kernel
Update virtual machine kernel and reboot
yum update kernel*
4. Install following packages
yum install gcc kernel-devel kernel-headers dkms make bzip2
5. Add KERN_DIR environment variable
## Current running kernel on Fedora, CentOS 6 and Red Hat (RHEL) 6 ##
## Current running kernel on CentOS 5 and Red Hat (RHEL) 5 ##
KERN_DIR=/usr/src/kernels/`uname -r`-`uname -m`
## Fedora example ##
## CentOS and Red Hat (RHEL) example ##
## Export KERN_DIR ##
6. Install Guest Additions
# 32-bit and 64-bit systems run following
Output looks like following:
[root@fedora VBoxGuestAdditions]# ./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run
Verifying archive integrity... All good.
Uncompressing VirtualBox 4.1.6 Guest Additions for Linux.........
VirtualBox Guest Additions installer
Removing installed version 4.1.6 of VirtualBox Guest Additions...
Removing existing VirtualBox DKMS kernel modules [ OK ]
Removing existing VirtualBox non-DKMS kernel modules [ OK ]
Building the VirtualBox Guest Additions kernel modules
Building the main Guest Additions module [ OK ]
Building the shared folder support module [ OK ]
Building the OpenGL support module [ OK ]
Doing non-kernel setup of the Guest Additions [ OK ]
You should restart your guest to make sure the new modules are actually used
Installing the Window System drivers
Installing X.Org Server 1.11 modules [ OK ]
Setting up the Window System to use the Guest Additions [ OK ]
You may need to restart the hal service and the Window System (or just restart
the guest system) to enable the Guest Additions.
Installing graphics libraries and desktop services componen[ OK ]
7. Reboot guest system
Then VirtualBox Guest Additions install is ready.