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How to Install VirtualBox Extension Pack and Enable USB 3.0

Written by John

You already know that VirtualBox is one of the best virtualization software out there. What you may not know is the VirtualBox Extension Pack. This is a combination of drivers that work to increase the functionality of the VirtualBox software. Among other things, this pack will help you use USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports with your virtual machine. This means that you can use devices attached to these ports and open them on the virtual machine created. There are many supported virtual machines including macOS Mojave to Windows 10 and all others in between, Android and Linux.

Other than USB 3.0 support, the virtualization software supports disk encryption, VirtualBox remote desktop protocol (RDP) and NVMe and PXE boot on Intel cards. The vRDP allows virtual machines to be controlled remotely even without network connection. Also supported is the ability to use the computer’s webcam with the virtual machine and AES encryption of data stored on the hard drive. The VirtualBox Extension Pack is cool but how do you install it? Here are the simple steps to follow:

1. Install VirtualBox Extension Pack

Step 1: Download the Extension Pack

You can only find the genuine VirtualBox Extension Pack on the VirtualBox download web page. Simple access the page and click on the latest version of the VirtualBox Extension Pack. The download process will start.

Download VM Extension Pack

Step 2: Start Installation

Open VirtualBox Extension Package file. There will be a pop-up message showing the features of the extension pack. Read through them and if they are what you need to proceed. Press the “install” button.

Install Orade VM VirtualBox Extension Pack

An installation wizard will guide you through the installation process. In order to continue, be sure to accept the license terms. It will take a minute or so for the installation to finish so be patient. Once the installation is over, the extension packages will be added to the “Extension” section of the Preferences window.

Note: For all functions of the extension package to be useful to you, ensure that you have the latest version of the VirtualBox virtualization software installed. You will be prompted to update just click on OK and you will have the latest version within a short time. You will be required to reboot the host operating system for the VirtualBox Extension pack to be effective. Do this before proceeding to enable USB 3.0, Mouse or Keyboard.

2. Enable USB 3.0 to fix Mouse and Keyboard not working problem on macOS

With this feature enabled, you will be able to use devices connected to USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports on your guest operating system. With faster data transfer speeds you will be happy to use these on your virtual machine for data transfer from various USB connected devices. You will be able to transfer photos, personal files and much more into your virtual machine even when the data is unavailable in the host system. To enable this:

1. Open the Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager and select the virtual machine for which you would like to enable the USB support or Mouse, Keyboard. At the top of the list of virtual machines, click on “Settings”. Two panes will be shown.

Open VirtualBox Manager

2. On the left pane, click on the button next to USB to select it. On the right panel, click on the USB 3.0 controller. Click “Add” button then select your Mouse or Keyboard. Click “Ok”. Done!

Add Mouse or Keyboard to VirtualBox

Mouse and keyboad are working in macOS Mojave in VirtualBox

Fix Mouse and Keyboard not working in macOS Mojave

Bottom Line

The VirtualBox Extension Pack is a good addition to any virtual machine regardless of the operating system running it. It has many useful features but what stand out is the ability to connect USB 3.0 and 2.0. You can use various devices to transfer data directly to or from your virtual machine. Using your virtual machine just got better! Install the VirtualBox Extension Pack and enjoy!

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  • I’ve tried the above steps and have not been able to get the mouse and keyboard to work. When I add the mouse and keyboard as USB devices as indicated above the devices are completely taken over by the VM while running, I’m unable to use the Host Key to release the devices. And still, the mouse and keyboard don’t function. Any ideas?

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