Installation of Oracle Linux Release 7 Update 5 for x86 (64 bit) on VirtualBox 5.2.22

This article describes the step by step instructions to install Oracle Linux Release 7 Update 5 for x86 (64 bit) with the help of VirtualBox 5.2.22 on Windows 64-bit machine with screenshots.Oracle Linux 7 includes both the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) and Red Hat Compatible Kernel (RHCK).

  • System Requirements
  • Download Softwares
  • Installation Steps

System Requirements

Before going ahead with installation, please make sure you have enough resources like RAM,CPU and Disk Space available on you Desktop/Laptop. As per Oracle Linux installation guide, the following are the recommended minimum requirements:

  • 2 logical CPUs
  • 1 GB of memory per logical CPU
  • 5GB disk space

Download Software

The Oracle Linux distribution and VirtualBox is free to download, use and distribute. You can download the Oracle Linux installation media and VirtualBox from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud . However, you will need to have a My Oracle Support account.

Installation Steps

This article assume that the VirtualBox is already installed and running on your machine. if not, Installation instructions are provided in "Installation of VirtualBox 5.2.22 on Windows platform" article. 


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Step-01 Start the VirtualBox application via Window--> Start -->VirtualBox menu and then click "New" to create a new virtual machine  
Step-02 Give your virtual machine a valid name and select proper type and version.  
Step-03  Allocate appropriate RAM size to the VM.  You can resize later stage depending on your requirements. 
Step-04 Select default option for "Hard disk".   
Step-05 Select the default option for "Hard disk file type".  
Step-06 Select the type of physical storage you want.  
Step-07 Select the location where you want to store the physical files for your VM. Also provide the appropriate size to be used for the same. Once done, click on "Create" button.  
Step-08 Once the disk is created and formatted, this screen will appear. Again right click on the created VM and select "Settings".  
Step-09 Under Settings-->General-->Advanced, select as shown in the screen.  
Step-10 Under Settings-->System-->Motherboard/Processor, select as shown in the screen.  

Under Settings-->Storage, choose the ISO image for Oracle Linux 7.5 from which you are going to install the OS as shown in the screen.

Step-12 Under Settings-->Network->Adapter, select as shown in the screen.  
Step-13 Under Settings-->Shared Folders,  enter name and pathname of read-only shared folder.  
Step-14 Under Setttings-->User Interface, select options as mentioned in the screen.   
Step-15 Once all settings completed, go back to the main screen. Right click on VM and select "Start".  

To install Oracle Linux, you need to boot the system from a boot image. Use UP/DOWN arrows to select boot menu options. I am just selecting "Install Oracle Linux 7.5"  for GUI based installation.

Press "Enter" and proceed. 


Select the default language/region to use for the installation and press "Continue". 

If you need to, you can change the default language after you have installed the software. 

The Installation Summary screen presents an overview of the options selected for the installation and a menu for configuring those options. Let's configure all of them one by one.



Configuring Network & Hostname for the VM.



Software Selection screen gives you the options to install packages and configure your OS like the way you want it to work and the functionalities you want to install your OS with. 

I am selecting below 

Base Environment --> Server with GUI

Add-Ons for Selected Environment-->Remote Management for Linux

Add-Ons for Selected Environment-->Virtulization Client

Add-Ons for Selected Environment-->Virtualization Hypervisor

Add-Ons for Selected Environment-->Virtualization  Tools

Add-Ons for Selected Environment-->Compatibility Libraries

Add-Ons for Selected Environment-->Development Tools

Add-Ons for Selected Environment -->Security Tools

Add-Ons for Selected Environment-->System Administration Tools 



The selection is based on your requirements. 


Configure your Date and Time as per your Location


Configuring Installation Destination. If you are already familiar with Linux, you can go for advanced options like manually configuring your partition as per your need. I am just using default settings. 

Now, hit the "Begin Installation"



At the stage, installation has begun. Make sure, you set the root password and optionally you can create new user account. 

Once done, it'll ask for "Reboot". Click on the same.


Step-23 Accept the licence agreement and click "FINISH CONFIGURATION".

Step-24 Your login screen for the Oracle Linux 7.5 will appear. After login, there will be a few options that the OS will provide to you to have your OS configured like the way you want.