Install Linux Mint 15 on VirtualBox

(Update March 2, 2014)
For users installing Linux Mint 16, please refer to the instruction Install Linux Mint 16 on VirtualBox.

The following installation instruction is to install Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon 64-bit version to VirtualBox.

Setting up Virtual Machine
On VirtualBox select "New".

Enter the name of virtual machine. Click "Continue".

Set your memory allocation for this vm. Click "Continue".

Select an existing virtual hard drive or create a new one. Default is creating a new one. Click "Create".

If you are creating a new virtual hard drive, select the hard drive file type. Select the default. Click "Continue".

Select "Dynamically allocated" and click "Continue".

Name the virtual hard drive and select the virtual hard drive size. Click "Create".

You are back to the virtual machine manager screen.

In the mean time you can right click the virtual machine you've just created and change the setting. One recommended change is to increase the video RAM and enable 3d acceleration. See below.

Installing Linux Mint 15
Click "Start" to start the virtual machine.

You need to select the start-up disk. Select the ISO image of Linux Mint 15. The system will launch Linux Mint.

Click "Install Linux Mint"

Select the language of your choice. Click "Continue".

Click "Continue".

Select "Erase disk and install Linux Mint" and click "Install Now".

Select your time zone. Click "Continue".

Select the default keyboard and click "Continue".

Create the username and set a new password. Click "Continue".

The installation begins.

Once the installation is completed you need to restart the system. The login screen is shown as below.

*Please remember to run system update for patches.

VirtualBox Guest Additions

Please note that there is no need to install VirtualBox Guest Additions as the system already included the guest additions. You can use the following command to check if guest additions have been installed.

apt-cache policy virtualbox-guest-dkms
apt-cache policy virtualbox-guest-utils
apt-cache policy virtualbox-guest-X11



  1. Thank you for this wonderful tutorial!

  2. Thank you very much. Finally got started with linux after several unsuccessful installation tries.

  3. Excelent tutorial, thank you very much.

  4. Vielen dank. Vielen vielen Dank.

  5. Excellent.! It works perfectly..!

  6. I have downloaded Linux Mint 15 - 32 bit and it crashes each time I enable 3D acceleration. I have Intel Core2Duo 3.0 GHZ, Win7 Ultimate (32 bit) with 3Gb Ram. I allocated 1 Gb ram with 15 Gb space but it didnt work however Kubuntu and Peer OS 8 are running like a charm. I also installed Ubuntu 13.10 although it was bit laggy may be due to unity but rest of the 2 OS worked fine. Forgot to mention I have installed Virtualbox 4.3.2.

  7. Thank you so much for the detailed tutorial!

  8. Awesome tutorial. Thanks for posting this and putting in your time.


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