How to install Virtualbox Guest Additions on Solus OS

Solus OS has been released few days a go and now its time to test it on my Virtualbox. Installing Solus OS on Virtualbox is pretty straight forward and very easy. After installation we need to install Virtualbox Guest additions to make Solus OS more usable under Virtualbox. This tutorial will show you how to install Guest Additions on Solus OS

Before attempting to install the Guest Additions, we need to install some additional packages on Solus OS. Open Terminal in Solus OS and execute the following commands in sequence. These commands take some times depends on your internet speed.

After all those packages were installed, Reboot Solus OS.

Next its time to install the Guest Additions. On the Virtualbox window, go to Device| Insert Virtualbox Guest Additions CD Image. Now switch to Solus OS guest and open Files.


Next, click on VBOXADDITIONS on the left panel and then click Run Software.

install-guest-additions-on-solus-os-2Click Run to start the Virtualbox Guest Additions installation. You will be asked to enter your root password.  Then the installation will started. Make sure there is no error when the installation finished. If all went well, you should see something like this.


Log out or reboot Solus to activate the Guest Additions. Now, Solus OS should be able to get better resolution and Full Screen mode as well. Thanks for reading this tutorial to install Guest Additions on Solus OS

System configuration on this tutorial:


  • Lenovo ThinkPad T450 series
  • Windows 10 64 bit
  • Virtualbox 5.1.4
  • Solus OS

Solus OS Installation on Virtualbox



  1. Hello,

    sudo eopkg install kernel-headers <– this is no longer in the repos

    Thus, vboxadd fails:

    ———————————- Building Guest Additions kernel modules.
    Failed to set up service vboxadd, please check the log file
    /var/log/VBoxGuestAdditions. log for details.
    Press return to close this window…

    I checked the log, and the error is:

    /tmp/vbox.0/Makefile.include.header:97: *** Error: unable to find the sources of your current Linux kernel.

    Do you know how I may fix this?

    thank you,


  2. Hi,

    I’ve found out an alternative to install Solus Linux on the 2017.01.01 build:
    Since the LTS kernel is used there, I had to install:

    sudo eopkg up
    sudo eopkg install -c system.devel
    sudo eopkg it xorg-server-devel
    sudo eopkg install linux-lts-headers

    Greetings, Thomas

  3. > sudo eopkg install kernel-headers sudo eopkg install linux-lts-headers

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