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Editors' Review

by   / December 19, 2012

VirtualBox for Mac is a virtualization tool that allows you to create virtual machines for Mac OS X, Linux, or Windows running on Mac OS X. VirtualBox for Mac is not available from the App Store but can be downloaded from most download sites. VirtualBox for Mac is open-source software and has no charges associated with it.

VirtualBox for Mac lets you create a virtual machine on Mac OS X that you can then load Mac OS X, Windows (pretty much any variant) or Linux (and OpenBSD) into. As long as you can allocate a decent amount of RAM to the virtual machine, VirtualBox for Mac will let you run multiple operating systems without issue. To test VirtualBox for Mac we loaded up virtual machines with Windows 7, Windows Server, Mac OS X, and two versions of Linux. On our 8GB RAM MacBook Pro we could run two or three virtual machines at the same time (each allocated 1GB RAM) and switch between them cleanly. Access to system resources such as hard-drive partitions, USB devices, CD player, and so on is mostly clean, although some USB devices may cause issues. Fortunately, as an open-source project VirtualBox for Mac has lots of contributors and advisers on its forums that can help troubleshoot issues.

We've used a few commercial (and expensive) virtualization tools on our MacBook Pro, but after using VirtualBox for Mac we think we'll ditch the commercial products. VirtualBox for Mac lacks nothing the commercial products offer except perhaps a tech support phone line. A very nice product.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 6.0.10

  • User interface: fix issue inputing controller names (bug #11579)
  • User interface: fix resize problems with recent Linux hosts (bug #18677)
  • Serial: fixed guru meditation when raw mode is enabled (bug #18632)
  • Serial: fixed possible VM crash under certain circumstances
  • USB: Fixed "unrecoverable error" problems in OHCI emulation (bug #18593, 6.0.6 regression)
  • USB: improve captured device identification
  • VBoxManage: fix reversed reporting of audio input and output (thank you Socratis Kalogrianitis)
  • VBoxManage: fix controlling recording for running machine (bug #18723)
  • Guest control service: various fixes
  • Windows hosts: fix problems copying files from shared folders (bug #18569)
  • Linux hosts: kernel module build fixes for various kernels (bug #18316)
  • Linux hosts: support UEFI secure boot driver signing on Ubuntu and Debian hosts (bug #11577)
  • Linux hosts: fix focus grabbing problems with recent Qt versions (builds from source only; thank you Fabian Vogt (SUSE) and Larry Finger; bug #18745)
  • Windows guests: many shared folders fixes
  • Windows guests: fix other services failing if seamless mode was not available
  • Linux guests: kernel module build fixes for various kernels (bugs #18677 and #18697; fixes by Larry Finger and Gianfranco Costamagna)
  • Linux guests: do not try to load old versions of libcrypt on recent guests in Guest Additions tools (bug #18682)
  • Linux guests: udev rules for guest kernel modules did not always take effect in time
  • Linux guests/VMSVGA: do not forget the guest screen size after a guest reboot
  • OS/2 guests: various shared folder fixes

General

Publisher Oracle
Publisher web site http://www.oracle.com
Release Date July 17, 2019
Date Added July 17, 2019
Version 6.0.10

Category

Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac
Additional Requirements
  • macOS Mojave
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite
  • OS X Mavericks

Download Information

File Size 130.44MB
File Name VirtualBox-6.0.10-132072-OSX.dmg

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Total Downloads 216,131
Downloads Last Week 36

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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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