How to mount Virtualbox drive image(vdi) on Ubuntu 16.10

This tutorial will explain How to mount Virtualbox drive image(.vdi) on Ubuntu 16.10.First we need to install QEMU tools using the following command

sudo apt-get install qemu-kvm

Now we need to load the network block device (nbd) module using the following command

sudo modprobe nbd

run qemu-nbd, which is a user space loopback block device server for QEMU-supported disk images.

qemu-nbd -c /dev/nbd0 [vdi-file]

Note:- vdi-file :- Your vdi file location for example /home/test/ubuntu.vdi

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qemu-nbd -c /dev/nbd0 /home/test/ubuntu.vdi

You can check the partitions in the image using the following command

sudo fdisk -l /dev/nbd0

The above command will check the entire image as a block device named /dev/nbd0, and the partitions within it as subdevices. For example, the first partition in the image will appear as /dev/nbd0p1.

If you want to mount the first partition use the following command

sudo mount /dev/nbd0p1 /mnt

Now you can check all the contents of /mnt partition and copy all the required files.

After completing your work you can unmount the partition using the following command

sudo umount /mnt

Shutdown nbd services using the following command

sudo qemu-nbd -d /dev/nbd0

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1 Response

  1. Washington Menezes says:

    Thanks for your effort to help, but I needed to do some research, because the partitions did not mount. Then I discovered that you need to modify the following:

    sudo modprobe nbd max_part=16

    The max_part=16 is important, without it you won’t see the /dev/nbd0p1 part.

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