Do you have USB issues with Virtualbox in your Ubuntu host? Well, this quick tutorial will show you how to get USB work in Virtualbox guest easily in three steps!

1. First of first, you must install Virtualbox using the .deb package from the official link below:

Virtualbox for Linux Download page

If you’ve installed an old version from Software Center, please remove it and re-install the latest version from the above link. Don’t worry about your current guest OSes, they will be there after you re-installed virtualbox.

After you properly installed Virtualbox in Ubuntu, do:

2. Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run commands below to add your username to Vboxuser group.

sudo usermod -a -G vboxusers USERNAME

Replace USERNAME with your current login user name.

3. Check the box which says “Enable USB 2.0 (EHCI) Controller” in each Guest’s settings window -> USB tab.


Log out current Ubuntu (host) session, and log back. You USB devices should work on Virtualbox Guests now!