Monday, January 11, 2016

VirtualBox Commands in Shell (Mac OS X & Linux)

If you would like to run virtual machines from terminal, this is what you will need to type in, assuming that your virtual machine has been already set up.

** For Linux, use vboxmanage **
** For Mac OS X, use vBoxManage **

To find out what virtual machines you have, type
$ vBoxManage list vms

To start the virtual machine, type
$ vBoxManage startvm "name_of_virtual_machine"

If you are actually running a server that does not have GUI interface, then you might want to add the option --type headless at the end of the aforementioned command.

To view the status of the virtual machine, type
$ vBoxManage showvminfo "name_of_virtual_machine"

You may want to add | less at the end.

Also, below command will let you pause, resume, reset, power off, or save state the virtual machine:
$ vBoxManage controlvm "name_of_virtual_machine" control_option
where control_option will be one of the following: pause, resume, reset, poweroff, or savestate.

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