VirtualBox

Status: Guest OSes

The following table gives an overview of how well VirtualBox supports various operating systems in its virtual machines. Rows marked with an asterisk (*) contain information reported by users and not verified by the VirtualBox team. (Page last updated 2013-10-09)

Guest OS Status Remarks
Windows family
Windows 8 (32/64-bit) Works, with Additions Requires AMD-V or VT-x. Guest Additions have small remaining issues.
Windows 7 (32/64-bit) Works, with Additions
Windows Vista (32/64-bit) Works, with Additions
Windows 2000 Works, with Additions
Windows XP (32/64-bit) Works, with Additions
Windows Server 2012 (also R2) Works, with Additions
Windows Server 2008 (32/64-bit, also R2) Works, with Additions
Windows Server 2003 (32/64-bit) Works, with Additions
Windows NT Works, with Additions Some issues with old service packs. Recommended to install service pack 6a. Shared folders not implemented.
* Windows 98/98 SE/ME Works, no Additions available Slow because VirtualBox is not optimized for it. Install a 3rd party VESA graphics driver or disable hardware virtualization.
Linux family
Generally, all 2.4 and 2.6+ kernels work; however, we recommend 2.6.13 or above for better performance. Kernels 2.6.18 to 2.6.18.2 contain a race condition (which was unfortunately backported to the Ubuntu 6.06 Server and 6.10 kernels) that can cause boot crashes in virtual machines.
Ubuntu 5.10 /
6.06 Desktop /
7.04 - 12.10
Works, with Additions
Ubuntu 6.06 Server/6.10 Works partially, with Additions The Ubuntu 6.06 Server and 6.10 kernels suffer from the race condition mentioned above.
Debian 6.0 - 7.0 Works, with Additions
Debian 5.0 Works, with Additions
Debian 4.0 (32-bit) Works, with Additions
Debian 3.1 Works, with Additions Requires IDE Controller.
SUSE 9/10.0 Works, with Additions Disable VT-x
openSUSE 10.2 Works partially, with Additions The openSUSE 10.2 kernel suffers from the race condition mentioned above.
openSUSE 10.3 Works, with Additions
openSUSE 11.0-11.3 Works, with Additions
Mandriva 2008 Works, with Additions Mandriva 2008 has the guest additions for VirtualBox 1.5 installed by default. These should be updated after installation.
Mandriva 2009.0/2009.1 Works, with Additions
Mandrake 10.1 Works, with Additions
*Mandrake 9.2 Works, without Additions
Fedora Core 1/4/5/6 Works, with Additions
Fedora 7-15 Works, with Additions Fedora 7 and 9 have problems with Additions. We recommend you upgrade before installing Guest Additions.
Oracle Linux 6 Works, with Additions
Oracle Linux 5 Works, with Additions 5.3+ Recommended if using VirtIO.
Oracle Linux 4 Works, with Additions Requires IDE Controller, 4.8+ Recommended if using VirtIO.
RHEL6 Works, with Additions
RHEL5, CentOS 5 (32/64-bit) Works, with Additions 5.3+ Recommended if using VirtIO.
RHEL4, CentOS 4 (32/64-bit) Works, with Additions Requires IDE Controller. 4.8+ Recommended if using VirtIO.
RHEL3, OEL3, CentOS 3 (32/64-bit) Works, with Additions Requires IDE Controller. Sound broken.
* Red Hat Linux 9 Works, without Additions
* Red Hat Linux 7 Works, partially without Additions Requires VT-x, and text-mode only.
* Xandros 4 Works, with Additions
ArchLinux Works, with Additions Installation has to be booted with the ide-legacy option.
Solaris
Solaris 10 5.08 and later Works, with Guest Additions
Solaris 11 Works, with Guest Additions
OpenSolaris 2008.05 and later Works, with Guest Additions
Older Solaris x86 releases Works, no Guest Additions
Mac OS X
Mac OS X Server (Leopard, Snow Leopard) Works without Additions See Manual for more information.
Unices
FreeBSD Works, with Guest Additions FreeBSD 6.2 is known to cause problems. Requires VT-x. Requires FreeBSD Guest Additions, available as a port emulators/virtualbox-ose-additions.
* PC-BSD 1.3 Doesn't work
* PC-BSD 7.1.1 Works, no Additions available Requires VT-x or AMD-V hardware virtualization support.
* PC-BSD 8.1 Works, no Additions available Requires VT-x or AMD-V hardware virtualization support.
* PC-BSD >= 9.0 Works, with Guest Additiona Requires VT-x or AMD-V hardware virtualization support. Requires FreeBSD Guest Additions, available as a port emulators/virtualbox-ose-additions.
OpenBSD Works, no Additions available Requires VT-x or AMD-V hardware virtualization support.
Others
DOS Works, no Additions available Only limited testing as part of system installation processes has been performed.
OS/2 2.0 and later (32-bit) Works, with Additions Requires VT-x or AMD-V hardware virtualization support.
OS/2 1.x (16-bit) Works, no Additions available
QNX 4.25 Works, no Additions available
* QNX Neutrino 6.32 Works, no Additions available Requires VT-x or AMD-V hardware virtualization support.
Novell Netware 6.5 Works, no Additions available Single VCPU only.
BeOS R5 Works, no Additions available Minor issues. PIIX3 IDE needs to be used for good performance.
Haiku Works, no Additions available
Syllable Works, no Additions available
* Visopsys Works, no Additions available Note there is a bug in the Visopsys installer, see forum post.
ReactOS Works, no Additions available
* SkyOS Works, no Additions available

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