Shared Folder Virtual Box

Hello everyone, i seem to be having a problem with virtual box & shared folders. I got the virtual box packages & the guest addons. I installed ubuntu into the virtual box. Now i am trying to set up shared folders.

I have a backup of my old ubuntu currently sitting on my manjaro partition. I want to access this backup file in the VM to restore everything in the VM. If this can be done without shared folders, i am open to other options. Just need access to the backups.

If you need any other info, i can provide whatever is necessary!

Have you tried setting up a Shared Folder using the VirtualBox Manager GUI?


Add shared folders to vm like this.

My experience is that ssared clipboard feature is sometimes buggy.


Creating a shared folder

  • Create a folder on the Host computer (Manjaro) that you would like to share, for example ~/share
  • Boot the Guest operating system in VirtualBox.
  • Select Devices -> Shared Folders...
  • Choose the 'Add' button.
  • Select ~/share
  • Optionally select the 'Make permanent' option

Prepare the folder


With a shared folder named share, as above, the folder can be mounted as the directory ~/host with the command

sudo mount -t vboxsf -o uid=$UID,gid=$(id -g) share ~/host


What kind of backup? DejaDup or ?

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