Install Fedora 18 on VirtualBox with Guest Additions

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This post is about installing Fedora 18 on VirtualBox as guest OS including installation of VirtualBox Guest additions. For installation of VirtualBox on Fedora 18, please refer to this post "Install VirtualBox on Fedora 18". 

Configuring VirtualBox Virtual Machine

In the VirtualBox Manager, click "New" to create a new virtual machine.

Enter the name of virtual machine, the type of operating system and indicate whether it is a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system. 

Select the memory size for this virtual machine.

To create a new hard drive, select "Create a virtual hard drive now" and click "Create".

Select "VDI" and click "Next".

 Opt for "Dynamically allocated" and click "Next".

Finally, enter the name of your virtual hard disk and specify the maximum hard disk space allowed. Previous I encounter some problem while using the default 8 GB. I've set it to 12 GB.

Click "Create" when done.

Next, you need to go into the setting for more configurations. On the screen below click on "General" or "System" to activate the setting page for this virtual machine.

The setting page is shown below.

Select the "Advanced" tab and change "Shared Clipboard" and "Drag 'n Drop" to bidirectional. These features allows the host OS and guest OS exchange data by cut and paste. It even allows drag and drop of files. (Note: At the time of this post I couldn't perform drag and drop from guest to host, however, drag and drop from host to guest works fine)

For multicore PC, you can change how the guest OS utilize the CPU. The default is 1. 

Under display, expand the video memory to the maximum and enable 3D and 2D acceleration.

Click "OK" when complete.

Getting Fedora 18

You can download the latest version of Fedora from the home page or you can get Fedora at

Click "Download Now" and you will download a disc image in ISO format named "Fedora-18-x86_64-Live-Desktop.iso".

Alternatively, if you would like to download other spins or the full DVD, there are more download option at


Starting Virtual Machine for the First Time

Select the virtual machine you want to start and click "Start".

For the first time the virtual machine will prompt you for installation disk. Navigate to the folder where you stored the ISO and select the appropriate ISO.

Click "Start" when done.

Installation of Fedora 18

I will briefly run through the installation process. For detail configuration, please refer to my post Fedora 18 Installation Guide.

On the welcome screen, click "Install to Hard Drive".

The first screen appears and you need to select the appropriate language for your system. Click "Continue".

On the next screen, you can configure Date & Time, Keyboard and the Installation Destination. Use the default for Date & Time and Keyboard. Click on "Installation Destination".

The screen will show your only only available hard disk on your virtual machine. Click "Continue" on the lower right corner. For the next screen "Installation Options", use the default and click "Continue".

If you prefer to configure the hard disk manually, please refer to my post Fedora 18 Manual Disk Partition

If your hard disk configuration is complete, you can proceed further by clicking "Begin Installation" on the lower right hand corner. Next, you need to setup the root password and wait for the installation to complete.

Finally, when the installation is complete, select "Quit" to exit the installer and reboot the system.

Post Installation Setup

After system reboot, you need to perform additional setup. Follow the wizard and setup a new user account. Click "Finish" when you are done. Finally the system will prompt you to login. This signal the completion of installation. 

For post installation configuration please refer to my post  Fedora 18 Post Installation Software Configuration Guide.

Installation of VirtualBox Linux Guest Additions

You need to install the Linux Guest Additions in order to share data and folders between the host and Fedora client. The use features are sharing of clipboard and sharing of file using drag and drop.

System Update
Before any installation, please update your system by running the following command:
sudo yum update

Please reboot the system if you have just installed a new kernel.

Pre-Installation Setup
Before installing VirtualBox Linux Guest Additions, you need to install gcc, dkms and kernel development module. Use the following command:
sudo yum install gcc kernel-devel dkms

Next you need to mount the Linux Guest Additions Image Disc. Under the VirtualBox menu bar, select Devices >> Install Guest Additions...

Click cancel if they ask if you want to run the disc image.

Install Linux Guest Additions
Once the disc image is mounted, use the following command (case sensitive):
cd /run/media/$USER/VBOXADDITIONS*
sudo ./

You need to reboot the system after the installation is complete.

Problem with Linux Guest Additions

  • If you could not find the path /run/media/$USER, please note that you could not find the path under Cinnamon desktop. You need to logout and login using GNOME or MATE.
  • Please note that I've install Linux Guest Additions on Fedora 18 as guest OS on Fedora 18 host. After Linux Guest Additions is installed, the guest system appears to have some display problem when login via GNOME3 (GNOME and Cinnamon). I could only login via Mate desktop. I did not encounter such problem when I was installing Fedora 18 as guest OS on a Windows host.

Additional Post

You can check out other additional posts on configuration of Fedora 18:
Install Cinnamon Desktop on Fedora 18
Install Mate Desktop on Fedora 18

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  1. Thanks for the detailed setups. Do we need the iso imaage when we start the VM next time ? I followed the same steps and next time when I restarted the VM all fedora installations are gone.

    1. No ISO image is required after installation. You must manually remove the ISO image from the VM, otherwise the system will boot from the ISO image again.

  2. Sorry. Dont post my previous comment, I got that problem sorted out!:)

  3. Thanks for the post. It helped me a lot. I was not able to figure out how to enable guest edition. -- Bobby

  4. Before installing Guest Additions .. install below packages
    sudo yum install dkms binutils gcc make patch libgomp glibc-headers glibc-devel kernel-headers kernel-devel


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