January 20, 2017 · Server · Email This Post

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

  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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