Internet Access in Ubuntu on VirtualBox


I recently installed Ubuntu on a VirtualBox VM it installed just fine (much easier than on VirtualPC). However I'm unable to get internet access from the guest OS (ie. Ubuntu). Can anyone give me any pointers on how I might enable this?

The Host OS is Windows Vista and the hardware is an IBM Lenovo.

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~ Asked on 2008-08-29 21:49:07

5 Answers


How did you configure networking when you created the guest? The easiest way is to set the network adapter to NAT, if you don't need to access the vm from another pc.

~ Answered on 2008-08-29 21:51:31


I could get away with the following solution (works with Ubuntu 14 guest VM on Windows 7 host or Ubuntu 9.10 Casper guest VM on host Windows XP x86):

  1. Go to network connections -> Virtual Box Host-Only Network -> Select "Properties"
  2. Check VirtualBox Bridged Networking Driver
  3. Come to VirtualBox Manager, choose the network adapter as Bridged Adapter and Name to the device in Step #1.
  4. Restart the VM.

~ Answered on 2010-05-18 07:03:03


I had the same problem.

Solved by sharing internet connection (on the hosting OS).

Network Connection Properties -> advanced -> Allow other users to connect...

~ Answered on 2010-11-03 12:45:20


it could be a problem with your specific network adapter. I have a Dell 15R and there are no working drivers for ubuntu or ubuntu server; I even tried compiling wireless drivers myself, but to no avail.

However, in virtualbox, I was able to get wireless working by using the default configuration. It automatically bridged my internal wireless adapter and hence used my native OS's wireless connection for wireless.

If you are trying to get a separate wireless connection from within ubuntu in virtualbox, then it would take more configuring. If so, let me know, if not, I will not bother typing up instructions to something you are not looking to do, as it is quite complicated in some instances.

p.s. you should be using Windows 7 if you have any technical inclination. Do you live under a rock? No offense intended.

~ Answered on 2011-06-12 02:58:19


I had a similar issue in windows 7 + ubuntu 12.04 as guest. I resolved by

  • open 'network and sharing center' in windows
  • right click 'nw-bridge' -> 'properties'
  • Select "virtual box host only network" for the option "select adapters you want to use to connect computers on your local network"
  • go to virtual box.. select the network type as NAT.

~ Answered on 2012-08-09 07:41:34

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