How to install Ubuntu 22.04 LTS ISO in VirtualBox VM to test it

Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Linux is the upcoming Long term version from Canonical developers, set to be released in April 2022. Although while doing this tutorial to know the steps for the Ubuntu 22.04 LTS installation on VirtualBox, this Linux was in the beta stage. However, that doesn’t matter even the process will be the same for stable or any old versions of Ubuntu.

Most of the users would already be familiar with VirtualBox, if not, then it is an open-source project from Oracle to run virtual machines on all popular operating systems such as Windows, Linux, macOS, and FreeBSD.


Steps to install Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Virtual machine in VirtualBox

1. Download Ubuntu 22.04 LTS ISO

First, we must have a bootable ISO file of Ubuntu 22.04 Linux. For that, we can visit the official Image download page of Ubuntu. While performing this tutorial the Daily build ISO image of this Ubuntu version was available. Hence, we use the same. You can use the linked text to get it.


2. Get VirtualBox

Of course, to install Ubuntu 22.04 Virtual machine on VBox, we also need to have VirtualBox installed on our existing host operating system. For Windows users, the installation of VirtualBox is just like any other software once you have the setup from its official website. Whereas Debian, Ubuntu, and its based Linux users can use the command –

sudo apt install virtualbox


3. Run VBox and Create Virtual Machine

Once you have installed the VirtualBox or if you already have then simply run it.

Create New VM

After that click on the “New” button to create a fresh Virtual machine.

Create New VirtualBox


Name Virtual Machine

Give some name to your virtual machine such as “Ubuntu 22.04” where select Type- Linux and version to Ubuntu.

Select Ubuntu 22.04 LTS as Virtual Machine


Set RAM for VM

For good performance and if your host system allows, then set the RAM to 4GB or less as per your system configuration.

Select Memory RAM for Ubuntu 20.04 VM

Create Virtual Hard disk

Let the “Create a virtual hard disk now” option be selected and move to the next step.

Create a Virtual hard disk VBox

If you have any plan to use the Virtual hard disk later in VMware then go for VMDK otherwise let the default option VDI be selected.

Hard disk type file Vbox

Also, let the default “Dynamic Allocated” option be selected as it is. Allocate around 30GB of virtual space.

File Allocation type for Virtual disk


4. Start Ubuntu 22.04 Virtual Machine

Finally, once all the above steps are done, you will see a newly created virtual machine on your VirtualBox. Select that from the left side panel and hit the Start button.

Start Ubuntu 20.04 Virtual Machine on VirtualBox


5. Add Ubuntu 22.04 ISO to VirtualBox

Now, we need to select the downloaded Ubuntu 22.04 ISO file as a Start-up disk to boot our Virtual machine with that. For that click on the “Folder” icon.

Select Stat up Disk

After clicking on the Folder icon, a pop-up window will open to add the ISO image file. Click on the “Add” button and then select your downloaded ISO file. As you have done that, the same ISO image will show in the “ISO Image selection ” area. Scroll to your added Ubuntu 22.04 LTS image and hit the Choose button.

Add and select Ubuntu 20.04 LTS ISO file bootable

Finally, click on the Start button.

Start Virtual Machine


6. Grub Menu to select and boot the OS

Once the virtual machine is started, you will see the Grub menu as the first screen to select “Ubuntu” to boot with it.

Select Ubuntu from boot menu


7. Install Ubuntu 22.04 on VirtualBox

Finally, from the installation wizard, click on the “Install Ubuntu” button. Whereas those who just want to try it in a Live environment can go for the “Try Ubuntu“.

Install Ubuntu 20.04 LTS on VirtualBox

8. Normal Installation  or Minimal Installation

Follow the wizard, set languages, and other things. When you reach to “Updates and Other Software” window, select between “Normal Installation” and “Minimal Installation“, and Continue further. If you are using GPU then select the last option as well.

Download updates while installing updates


9. Erase disk and Install Ubuntu

Erase disk and install Linux


10. Set Username and password

Set User and computer name

As the installation gets completed, hit the Restart button and then press the Enter key when you are asked to remove the inserted ISO disk image.


11. Install VirtualBox Guest Additions

Offline Method: Using In-built Guest Additions ISO Image

Click on the Devices menu given on VirtualBox and select the “Insert Guest Additions CD Image…” option.

Install Guest Addtions for VirtualBox in Ubuntu 22.04

Open Command terminal, the shortcut is – Ctrl+ALt+T.

After that switch to Inserted ISO directory, using the given command:

cd /media/$USER/VBox_GAs_*

Run the script to install guest additions:

sudo bash ./

Restart the system once done…


Command to install VirtualBox Guest Addtions


Online Method: Using the Internet

If you have an internet connection on your virtual machine then simply run the given command:

Of course, open the terminal and then use APT package manager:

sudo apt install virtualbox-guest-additions-iso virtualbox-guest-utils virtualbox-dkms

for Extension pack:

sudo apt install virtualbox-ext-pack

Restart the system…



12. Enable Shared Clip and Drag & Drop functions

  • Again go to VirtualBox Menu, select Devices.
  • From the drop menu select “Shared ClipBidirectional
  • Once more, click Devices, select Drag & Drop then Bidirectional.



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