VirtualBox 5.1.6 released and ubuntu installation instructions included

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What is new in virtualbox 5.1.6

This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

GUI: fixed issue with opening ‘.vbox' files and it's aliases
GUI: keyboard grabbing fixes (bugs #15771 and #15745)
GUI: fix for passing through Ctrl + mouse-click (Mac OS X hosts only; bug #15714)
GUI: fixed automatic deletion of extension pack files (bugs #11352 and #14742)
USB: fixed showing unknown device instead of the manufacturer or product description under certain circumstances (5.1.0 regression; bug #15764)
XHCI: another fix for a hanging guest under certain conditions as result of the fix for bug #15747, this time for Windows 7 guests
Serial: fixed high CPU usage with certain USB to serial converters on Linux hosts (bug #7796)
Storage: fixed attaching stream optimized VMDK images (bug #14764)
Storage: reject image variants which are unsupported by the backend (bug #7227)
Storage: fixed loading saved states created with VirtualBox 5.0.10 and older when using a SCSI controller (bug #15865)
Storage: fixed broken NVMe emulation if the host I/O cache setting is enabled
Storage: fixed using multiple NVMe controllers if ICH9 is used
NVMe: fixed a crash during reset which could happen under certain circumstances
Audio: fixed microphone input (5.1.2 regression; bugs #14386 and #15802)
Audio: fixed crashes under certain conditions (5.1.0 regression; bug #15887 and others)
Audio: fixed recording with the ALSA backend (5.1 regression)
Audio: fixed stream access mode with OSS backend (5.1 regression, thanks to Jung-uk Kim)
E1000: do also return masked bits when reading the ICR register, this fixes booting from iPXE (5.1.2 regression; bug #15846)
BIOS: fixed 4bpp scanline calculation (bug #15787)
API: relax the check for the version attribute in OVF/OVA appliances (bug #15856)
Windows hosts: fixed crashes when terminating the VM selector or other VBox COM clients (bug #15726 and others)
Linux Installer: fixed path to the documentation in .rpm packages (5.1.0 regression)
Linux Installer: fixed the script to prevent an SELinux complaint (bug #15816)
Linux hosts: don't use 32-bit legacy capabilities
Linux Additions: Linux 4.8 fix for the kernel display driver (bugs #15890 and #15896)
Linux Additions: don't load the kernel modules provided by the Linux distribution but load the kernel modules from the official Guest Additions package instead (bug #15324)
Linux Additions: fix dynamic resizing problems in recent Linux guests (bug #15875)
User Manual: fixed error in the VBoxManage chapter for the getextradata enumerate example (bug #15862)

Install VirtualBox 5.1.6 on ubuntu 16.04/15.10/15.04/14.10

Open the terminal and run the following commands

You need to edit /etc/apt/sources.list

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

For Ubuntu 16.04 users add the following line

deb xenial contrib

For Ubuntu 15.10 users add the following line

deb wily contrib

For Ubuntu 15.04 users add the following line

deb vivid contrib

For Ubuntu 14.10 users add the following line

deb utopic contrib

Save and exit the file

Now install PGP key using the following commands

Download the keys


Add the keys

sudo apt-key add oracle_vbox_2016.asc
sudo apt-key add oracle_vbox.asc

Update source list

sudo apt-get update

Install virtualbox

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-5.1

If you have problem with the above PPA you can download .deb package from here.Once you have deb package you can double click on it to install this package.

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2 Responses

  1. PePa says:

    The files oracle_vbox.asc and oracle_vbox_2016.asc first need to be downloaded from:

    So before the “apt-key add” lines include:

  2. ruchi says:

    Thank you and updated the article

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