Access a shared folder from within a Virtualbox machine

You have to mount your folder on your VM.

First you need to install Guest Additions (although I already did this during the installation).

  1. Start your VM
  2. Devices > Insert Guest Additions CD image...
  3. I had to manually mount the CD: sudo mount /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom
  4. Install the necessary packages: sudo apt-get install make gcc linux-headers-$(uname -r)
  5. Install the Guest Additions: sudo /media/cdrom/

Now you can mount your share using:

Where New is the name of your shared folder.

Now you can access the shared folder at ~/new.

Note: this is not permanent. To permanently mount your folder you should add the following line to /etc/fstab (sudo nano /etc/fstab):

Obviously you should replace user in /home/user/new by your own username.

And to mount as a user




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