ComTech: IT Support Stirling

How to access Virtualbox shared folders in Linux

ComTech: IT Support Stirling

Today I will show you how to access your Virtualbox shared folders in Linux.  In Windows you would just mount a network drive but in Linux it takes a bit more work (but not much).

First thing to do is to make a mount point for the shared folder so open up a terminal and type:

sudo mkdir /media/share

Change share to any name you choose.  Now we need to mount the Virtualbox shared folder so type:

sudo mount -t vboxsf sdc /media/share

changing sdc to the name of your Virtualbox shared folder.  To make the mount permanent enter the above mount command (leave out the sudo) into the /etc/rc.local file.

About the Author


Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

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One thought on “How to access Virtualbox shared folders in Linux

  1. Hi,

    When I run the mount command I get the following error:

    mount: unknown filesystem type ‘vboxsf’

    Any ideas?



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