Oracle VM VirtualBox is an open source and cross-platform virtualization utility that makes it possible to extend your computer's capabilities so that it can be used to run a large number of operating systems (inside multiple virtual machines), using the same hardware you use for your daily tasks.
Operating system virtualization solution for multiple-platforms
Thus, with the help of Oracle VM VirtualBox, users can easily have Windows and Linux applications running on a Mac, have Windows Server 2008 running on a Linux server, run Linux programs on a Windows based PC, and so on.
Moreover, Oracle VM VirtualBox is designed to enable you to install and run as many operating systems on as many virtual machines as you need.
The only physical and practical limitations in the number of virtualized OSs and virtual machines that you can run at the same time, is your computer's limited memory and disk space.
Virtualize any OS on embedded, desktop or cloud-based environments
More importantly, the Oracle VM VirtualBox virtualization app is very simple to use, yet it also packs a vast selection of powerful tools and features, making it easy for one to run it on almost any platform, from small desktop class machines and embedded systems, all the way up to massive data centers and even Cloud-based environments.
Oracle VM VirtualBox’s most important advantage is that it can be used to run software belonging other operating systems on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and Solaris hosts.
Support for a diverse range of OSs and a large variety of virtualization uses
Thus, Oracle VM VirtualBox comes with extensive support for a substantial number of guest operating systems including, but absolutely not limited to, Mac OS X (10.5 or later), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OpenBSD, and OS/2.
Besides effortlessly virtualizing a large assortment of operating systems on any platform, Oracle VM VirtualBox can also be employed for installing and configuring a virtual appliance, test software within a controlled and easy to alter platform.
As an added bonus, if needed, Oracle VM VirtualBox can also be used to drastically reduce energy and hardware costs by using the same computers to run multiple computing platforms on the same physical hardware platforms.
Powerful and open source virtualization solution
On the whole, Oracle VM VirtualBox should be the virtualization software of choice to anyone with a focus on open source solutions.
Furthermore, although it is a community-driven project, Oracle VM VirtualBox is designed to provide you with any tool you may need to successfully virtualize almost any operating system on a vast array of hardware.
What's New:Version 6.1.0:
- Implemented support for importing a virtual machine from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
- Extended support for exporting a virtual machine to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, allowing the creation of multiple virtual machines without re-uploading. Also added option to export a VM to the cloud using the more efficient variant "paravirtialized", and to specify free-form tags for cloud images
- Virtualization core: Support for nested hardware-virtualization on Intel CPUs (starting with 5th generation Core i, codename Broadwell), so far tested only with guest running VirtualBox
- Graphics: New style 3D support (with VBoxSVGA and VMSVGA) remains, old style 3D support (with VBoxVGA) has been completely removed
- Shared Clipboard: Implemented experimental support for file transfers (Windows hosts/guests only at the moment). Needs to be enabled via VBoxManage (disabled by default). In addition, the following items were fixed and/or added:
- Virtualization core: Drop recompiler, i.e. running VMs now needs a CPU supporting hardware virtualization
- Runtime: Works now on hosts with many CPUs (limit now 1024)
- Appliance and Cloud Import: Add field for defining firmware type (not part of OVF spec and thus manual in the Appliance case, for OCI it is automatically taken from the instance information)
- Input: Added support for horizontal scrolling in the PS/2 mouse device using the IntelliMouse Explorer protocol. Note that this support is automatically used by Linux guests but not by Windows guests
- PCnet-ISA: Added new network adapter type, currently CLI only
- Audio: Allow changing the host audio backend while the VM is in saved state
- ACPI: Report NVMe controller
- VGA: Improve hardware and BIOS compatibility
- VMSVGA 3D: Fixed OpenGL compressed textures
- Guest Control/VBoxManage: Added support for specifying multiple sources when renaming guest files
- API: Reduce the amount of leftovers from Move VM function
- Shared Clipboard: Implemented experimental support for file transfers for Linux hosts on Windows guests (disabled by default)
- VBoxSDL frontend: Fixed running on Windows hosts
- Windows guest: DXVA implementation for WDDM driver
- Documentation: Updated supported host operating systems, added few new manual pages (more to come later)
- macOS host: Fix VM crashes (most visible on macOS Catalina)
- Improved the VISO creation and file manager dialogs
- Virtual machine list of VirtualBox Manager was improved. Machine groups are now more obvious visually and VM search functionality has been improved. Global Tools element can now be pinned in place, to avoid scrolling it with rest of machine list
- Virtual machine details pane is now extended with embedded editors for selected VM attributes, allowing user to edit them on-the-fly byi clicking corresponding hyper-links without opening VM settings dialog
- Details pane provides more complete information
- Internal medium enumeration routines were optimized to reduce the load and optimize the performance in cases when user have lots of media registered. Also, we again allowed to add existing media (and create new) via Virtual Media Manager
- More consistent medium selection (both showing known images and allowing to select using the file picker)
- VM storage settings page was adjusted a bit in usability regard. User is now allowed to change controller bus type and can move attachments between the controllers by using drag and drop
- Storage and Network settings pages bug-fixes and usability optimization
- Added a new soft (virtual) keyboard enabling arbitrary keyboard input to guests, including multimedia keys
- Fixed crash in cloud related wizards when accessibility functionality was enabled
- Show VM CPU load as part of status bar CPU indicator
- Improved and extended the Session Information dialog
- Fixed/improved mouse pointer scaling
- Some issues related to mouse integration cursor scaling were addressed (bug #14366), more to go
- Fix and unify geometry save/restore in various dialogs
- Added the missing restriction options for disabling new functionality such as the VISO creator
- Popup messages mouse click fix
- Remove 3D support for VBoxVGA (old one deprecated with 6.0)
- Additional texture format support on Windows host
- Improved fix for flickering on Windows host
- Experimental support for direct read-only access to NTFS, FAT and ext2/3/4 filesystems inside a disk image without the need for support on the host
- Now also available on Linux host
- Experimental support for virtio-scsi, for both hard disks and optical drives (including boot support in BIOS)
- For optical drive emulation fix empty host drive crash
- Improvements for EHCI controller implementation
- Filter can now specify port path, uniquely identifying a port in a system
- Fix TFTP OACK response, send only if request has options
- Use non-blocking sockets on Linux for accepted incoming connections (port forwarding)
- Support YUV2 and related texture formats with hosts using OpenGL (macOS and Linux), which accelerates video playback when 3D is enabled by delegating the color space conversion to the host GPU
- Several drawing fixes for the 3D case
- More cloud functionality coverage, e.g. starting a cloud instance
- As part of the guest control feature support moving multiple source files/directories to a target directory
- Show "unrestricted guest" and "nested HW virtualization" CPU features when listing the host information
- Store system UUID in little endian format which is the default for new VMs, while existing VMs stick to the old VirtualBox behavior of storing them in big endian format for backwards compatibility to avoid breaking the activation status of Windows VMs
- Many fixes for drawing problems in the driver for VBoxSVGA
- Fixes for legacy VBoxVGA adapter, restore previously working cases
- Restore VHWA functionality for VBoxSVGA
- Switch to newer firmware code base and add NVRAM support, should improve compatibility with OSes significantly
- Added support for booting from APFS
- Added support for non-standard SATA and NVMe boot device paths created by OS X
- Modified updated EFI code base to support older OS X guests again
- Title: VirtualBox 6.1.0
- Developer: Oracle
- Compatibility: macOS 10.12 or later, 64-bit processor
- Language: Multilangual
- Includes: free
- Size: 122.77 MB