Ticket #2597 (new enhancement)

Opened 5 years ago

Last modified 3 years ago

Hide Guest Window

Reported by: jdk Owned by:
Priority: minor Component: GUI
Version: VirtualBox 2.0.4 Keywords:
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: other


It would be handy to have the possibility to hide/close the Guest OS Window, but keep the VM running.

I have a Linux Server OS setup in a VM to simulate my VPS server, to which I have SSH access. I do all operations on the VM in the same way: through SSH. So, I don't need the window of the VM to be visible. When closing the VM window 3 options are available:

Save the machine state
Send the shutdown signal
Power off the machine

A 4th option could be added:

Keep VM running

Change History

comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by sandervl73

You should use the headless frontend instead then. See the manual.

comment:2 Changed 3 years ago by eyeofhell

Of course headless is a workaround, but please note that all other virtual machines (microsoft virtual pc, vmware etc) allows to close the display window without stopping a guest. This is handy if you have multiple GUI guests running (windows or macos) and don't want a lot of windows to clutter your desktop. So if you need to see some VM you just start something like "virtual box manager" and just clicks a running guest to see it's window. This will be very handy for many users, i think. And it's not hard to implement due to a COM/XPCOM nature of guest-to-gui communication.

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