How to Install Ubuntu 20.04 on a Mac using VirtualBox (2020 Version)



VirtualBox download: https://www.virtualbox.org
Ubuntu Desktop 20.04 download: https://ubuntu.com/download/desktop

How to create an Ubuntu Virtual Machine on your Mac using VirtualBox! This is an updated tutorial using Ubuntu version 20.04 instead of 19.04. A lot has changed since last year’s tutorial, so I figured this updated version would be helpful! If you have any questions or problems with the install, be sure to leave comment below! I will try to reply to you ASAP!

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Devin BARTON

Devin BARTON

I am an avid Linux lover and open source enthusiast. I use Ubuntu and believe in sharing knowledge. Apart from Linux, I love classic detective mysteries.

33 thoughts on “How to Install Ubuntu 20.04 on a Mac using VirtualBox (2020 Version)

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    September 23, 2020 at 11:38 am
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    I ran into the issue where I would reach 100% of the initial installation and then the instance would crash. I would then get this huge crash report. Decided to share because through multiple threads and dead ends I found a user with a solution.

    Solution: Disable audio in the settings before running the instance. This fixed my problem and no longer crashed when going through the installation.

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    September 23, 2020 at 11:38 am
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    Help! I did all the steps, and I pressed start, selected the iso file. And when ubuntu started, and finished doing its thing, it closed!

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    September 23, 2020 at 11:38 am
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    If you experience 'Unexpected crash' then try disabling audio in vm settings – worked for me

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    September 23, 2020 at 11:38 am
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    So I followed your instructions to the T, but my vbox is shutdown while loading Ubuntu. It is giving me an error saying the application quit unexpectedly. Any idea why that would be happening?

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    September 23, 2020 at 11:38 am
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    it kept crashing for me through the gui but when i started the vm from terminal it worked

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    September 23, 2020 at 11:38 am
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    I could install the ubuntu with this video yeeee! I would be much happier if you show to ppl like me that how can we share a file or folder between Mac and this ubuntu. I need to post-processing some file that comes out of calculation on Mac in Ubuntu then take them all again to Mac. Could anybody help me with that please.

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    September 23, 2020 at 11:38 am
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    It keeps aborting and displays this message:You must specify a machine to start, using the command line.

    Usage: VirtualBoxVM –startvm <name|UUID>
    Starts the VirtualBox virtual machine with the given name or unique identifier (UUID).

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    September 23, 2020 at 11:38 am
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    pretty much what I was looking for, I was interested in the screen resize part, thank you so much Benjamin.

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    September 23, 2020 at 11:38 am
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    It's really helpful! Many thanks. Can you make another video to teach us how to set up shared folders? I selected the folder in the Mac VirtualBox settings, but I still don’t know where I can find this folder in Ubuntu, so of course, I can’t use it.

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    September 23, 2020 at 11:38 am
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    for some reason, it keeps being aborted when starting ubuntu on virtualbox.. I am completely stuck at here, please help me

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    September 23, 2020 at 11:38 am
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    Hey, this video was a great help. Thanks so much. But I'm getting a "no mountable filesystem" error at the last step for the .iso file. Could you please help me out with that?

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    September 23, 2020 at 11:38 am
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    after installing the guest additions my screen slowly shrinks and blinks repeatedly. The only way it stops is if I move it to full screen.

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    September 23, 2020 at 11:38 am
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    Thank you so much for making my life easier!!! Very detailed and guided. Feel so relieved now after installing ubuntu 🙂

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    September 23, 2020 at 11:38 am
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    Hi, Great tutorial however I am getting an error that says "Kernel Driver Not Installed". Could you help?

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    September 23, 2020 at 11:38 am
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    THIS IS THE ONE I AM LOOKING FOR !!! THANKS A LOT! REALLY DETAILED AND HELPFUL!!!

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    September 23, 2020 at 11:38 am
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    Hi, your video has been of great help! I have a question, at 15:28 there's this option "Erase disk and install Ubuntu" which comes with the warning saying all the docs in other OS will be deleted. I'm confused here, if I go ahead with this option, am I gonna lose all my macOS docs?

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    September 23, 2020 at 11:38 am
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    Oh man you are the lifesaver for me right now, I have spent 4 full days to install ubuntu virtual machine on my WD passport HDD, and I couldn’t find any tutorial working, so I went to forums, and then my mac got the standard error of VM "kernel not downloaded" one, I was mad some are saying you need to reinstall macOS and add some stuff, but it was not that much it is really simple, like 2 min thing(if anyone got that write that here I will tell you). Then finally Ubuntu was running by using this tutorial. I set passwd and I just forgot that like 2 min ago I set and now I completely forgot that, So, I tried to run it in recovery mode and rewrite the password. But in mac, it is not opening in recovery mode. So, I took HDD to my windows laptop and BOOM. it opened in recovery mode. But there username was not detected. So I completely reinstall Ubuntu VM.then I am finally running Ubuntu VM on my HDD on any laptop having VirtualMachine. Anything anyone needs to know then tell me 🙂

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    September 23, 2020 at 11:38 am
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    Hi ben, the first time i tried to show the processor for the first time i clicked out of the file to add the Ubuntu folder. the screen at 13.02 seconds is not loading now. what do you advise i do?

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