How to add shared folder in Ubuntu using Oracle VirtualBox 4

Posted: February 17, 2011 in Software

At virtualbox, install Guest Addition. Click Devices -> Install Guest Additions…

At Ubuntu, click on Places (on top bar, left) and click Vbox Guest Addition. Install it (using autorun).

Restart Ubuntu (guest OS).

Add Shared Folder. Click at Devices -> Shared Folder -> Add Shared Folder. Set it to permanent and auto mount.

Restart Ubuntu

Add your account (in Ubuntu) into Virtualbox special Group.

  • Click System -> Administration -> Users and Group.
  • At Users Setting, click at Manage Groups
  • at Groups Setting, scroll down until you see vboxsf
  • Click at vboxsf and click button Properties.
  • Add your account into this group by click on your name (under Group Members).
  • Restart Ubuntu.

Now you can access your shared folder in /media/your_shared_folder_name

Good luck.


  1. visitante says:

    thanks πŸ™‚

  2. very usefull content, thank you. I will try this now..

  3. Si says:

    Thanks, very clear and easy to follow πŸ™‚

  4. Roman Dushko says:

    Perfect explanation!
    Your post save me from smashing the wall with my head!
    Thank you a lot!

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