January 3, 2009 · Networking · Email This Post

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VBoxSDL is a simple graphical user interface (GUI) that lacks the nice point-and-click support which VirtualBox, our main GUI, provides. VBoxSDL is currently primarily used internally for debugging VirtualBox and therefore not officially supported. Still,you may find it useful for environments where the virtual machines are not necessarily
controlled by the same person that uses the virtual machine.

VBoxSDL does indeed only provide a simple window that contains only the “pure” virtual machine, without menus or other controls to click upon and no additional indicators of virtual machine activity

To start a virtual machine with VBoxSDL instead of the VirtualBox GUI, enter the following on a command line

VBoxSDL -vm <vm>

where <vm> is, as usual with VirtualBox command line parameters, the name or UUID of an existing virtual machine.

VBoxSDL current valid key bindings are as follows

<hostkey> +  f           Switch to full screen / restore to previous view
h           Press ACPI power button
n           Take a snapshot and continue execution
p           Pause / resume execution
q           Power off
r           VM reset
s           Save state and power off
<del>        Send <ctrl><alt><del>
<F1>...<F12>        Send <ctrl><alt><Fx>

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1 Comment to “VBoxSDL – The simplified VM displayer for Virtualbox”

  1. Nik says:

    Great!!! Thanks, just what I needed, I already had setup menu shortcuts for VirtualBox –startvm …,
    I just replaced VirtualBox with VBoxSDL

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