Amsterdam, Netherlands On Request

How to Install VirtualBox on macOS using Homebrew

This post provides a step-by-step guide with a list of commands on how to install VirtualBox on macOS using Homebrew.

What is VirtualBox?

“VirtualBox is a free and open-source hypervisor for x86 computers. VirtualBox allows additional operating systems to be installed and run as virtual machines.” ~ VirtualBox

What is Homebrew?

Homebrew is a free and open-source software package management system that simplifies the installation of software on Apple’s macOS operating system. It is known as the missing package manager for macOS.

Quick Commands

The following is the single command required to install Virtualbox on macOS using Homebrew.

$ brew cask install virtualbox

Brew Commands

This section provides a quick set of commands on how to install Virtualbox on macOS using Homebrew. It is assumed that Homebrew is already installed. If not, please follow this link.

$ brew update                           # Fetch latest version of homebrew and formula.
$ brew tap caskroom/cask                # Tap the Caskroom/Cask repository from Github using HTTPS.
$ brew search virtualbox                # Searches all known Casks for a partial or exact match.
$ brew cask info virtualbox             # Displays information about the given Cask
$ brew cask install virtualbox          # Install the given cask.
$ brew cleanup                          # Remove any older versions from the cellar.


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Virtualbox on macOS making use of Homebrew. Follow me on any of the different social media platforms and feel free to leave comments.