1.4. Supported Host Operating Systems

Currently, Oracle VM VirtualBox runs on the following host OSes:

  • Windows hosts (64-bit):

    • Windows 8.1

    • Windows 10 RTM (1507 / 2015 LTSB) build 10240

    • Windows 10 Anniversary Update (1607 / 2016 LTSB) build 14393

    • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709) build 16299

    • Windows 10 April 2018 Update (1803) build 17134

    • Windows 10 October 2018 Update (1809 / 2019 LTSC) build 17763

    • Windows 10 May 2019 Update (19H1 / 1903) build 18362

    • Windows 10 November 2019 Update (19H2 / 1909) build 18363

    • Windows Server 2012

    • Windows Server 2012 R2

    • Windows Server 2016

    • Windows Server 2019

  • Mac OS X hosts (64-bit):

    • 10.13 (High Sierra)

    • 10.14 (Mojave)

    • 10.15 (Catalina)

    Intel hardware is required. See also Known Limitations.

  • Linux hosts (64-bit). Includes the following:

    • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, 19.03 and 19.10

    • Debian GNU/Linux 9 ("Stretch") and 10 ("Buster")

    • Oracle Linux 6, 7 and 8

    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, 7 and 8

    • Fedora 30 and 31

    • Gentoo Linux

    • SUSE Linux Enterprise server 12 and 15

    • openSUSE Leap 15.1

    It should be possible to use Oracle VM VirtualBox on most systems based on Linux kernel 2.6, 3.x, 4.x or 5.x using either the Oracle VM VirtualBox installer or by doing a manual installation. See Section 2.3, “Installing on Linux Hosts”. However, the formally tested and supported Linux distributions are those for which we offer a dedicated package.

    Note that Linux 2.4-based host OSes are no longer supported.

  • Oracle Solaris hosts (64-bit only). The following versions are supported with the restrictions listed in Known Limitations:

    • Oracle Solaris 11

Note that the above list is informal. Oracle support for customers who have a support contract is limited to a subset of the listed host OSes. Also, any feature which is marked as experimental is not supported. Feedback and suggestions about such features are welcome.

1.4.1. Host CPU Requirements

SSE2 (Streaming SIMD Extensions 2) support is required for host CPUs.