A Step-by-Step Tutorial on Creating a Virtual Machine in VirtualBox

VirtualBox is a powerful virtualization software that allows you to run multiple operating systems on a single machine. Whether you’re a developer looking to test software across different platforms or a student wanting to experiment with different operating systems, VirtualBox is an excellent tool to have in your arsenal. In this step-by-step tutorial, we will guide you through the process of creating a virtual machine in VirtualBox.

Installing VirtualBox

To get started with creating virtual machines, the first step is to download and install VirtualBox on your computer. You can visit the official website of Oracle, the company behind VirtualBox, and download the latest version compatible with your operating system. Once downloaded, run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.

Creating a New Virtual Machine

After successful installation, launch VirtualBox from your desktop or start menu. The main interface will open, showing any existing virtual machines you may have. To create a new virtual machine, click on the “New” button located at the top-left corner of the window.

A new window will appear asking for information about your virtual machine. Start by giving it a name that represents its purpose or operating system. Select the type of operating system you want to install from the drop-down menu. Choose either Linux, Windows, macOS, or another option depending on your requirements. Next, select the version that matches your selected operating system.

In this step-by-step tutorial, let’s assume we want to create a virtual machine running Ubuntu Linux. We’ll name our virtual machine “Ubuntu VM” and select “Linux” as our type and “Ubuntu (64-bit)” as our version.

Configuring System Resources

Now it’s time to allocate system resources to your virtual machine. This includes defining how much RAM and storage space should be dedicated to it. VirtualBox will automatically recommend default values based on the selected operating system. However, you can adjust these values according to your needs.

For RAM allocation, it’s generally recommended to assign at least 2GB for a smooth experience. If your computer has ample memory, consider allocating more for better performance. As for storage, VirtualBox allows you to create a virtual hard disk that acts as the virtual machine’s primary storage device. You can choose between dynamically allocated or fixed size disk options.

Installing the Operating System

With the virtual machine configuration complete, click on the “Create” button to finalize the setup process. VirtualBox will create a new virtual machine with the specified settings and display it in the main interface.

To install an operating system on your virtual machine, select it from the list and click on the “Start” button at the top of the window. This will launch a new window displaying your virtual machine’s console. Here, you can either install an operating system from an installation disc or image file or use a pre-existing image.

Follow the prompts provided by your chosen operating system installer and complete the installation process as you would on a physical computer. Once installed, you’ll have a fully functional virtual machine running within VirtualBox.


Creating a virtual machine in VirtualBox is straightforward and opens up endless possibilities for testing and experimentation with different operating systems. By following this step-by-step tutorial, you should now be able to confidently set up your own virtual machines using VirtualBox. So go ahead and explore new environments without any fear of compromising your main computer.

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