Installing Oracle VirtualBox on Arch is easy, but you need to know a couple of things before.


  1. First, install virtualbox with pacman (you will need superuser privileges).
    pacman -S virtualbox
    • It will ask you which VirtualBox kernel modules you want to install: if your device has the default kernel (linux), select virtualbox-host-modules-arch. For any other kernel (linux-lts, linux-zen, linux-hardened, etc.), select virtualbox-host-dkms.
  2. Restart your computer.

VirtualBox Guest Additions

  1. Install virtualbox-guest-iso on your Arch machine.
  2. In your running VirtualBox VM window, press on Devices -> Optical Drives -> Choose a disk file. Go to /usr/lib/virtualbox/additions/ and select VBoxGuestAdditions.iso.
  3. Inside the VM, open your mounted CD-ROM device, open a terminal in that folder (if it is a Linux VM) and type (as root): bash ./


Not loaded modules

If, when you go to start a new VM, VirtualBox shows an error about a not loaded module, check if you are using the latest kernel (check if there are updates for the linux package in pacman).

VirtualBox downloads required kernel modules in a folder whose name is the latest kernel version (e.g.: /lib/modules/5.15.5-arch1-1/) and the kernel only looks for modules inside a folder with its current version (e.g.: /lib/modules/5.15.2-arch1-1/). Therefore, if you are not using the latest kernel, your current kernel will not load the modules.


Check Arch Wiki for more info about the installation and VirtualBox usage.

VirtualBox window