A shared VirtualBox folder allows to easily share files between host OS and guest OS. This guide shows how to mount the VirtualBox shared folder on Linux.

Define a shared folder:


Create a folder where the shared folder will be mounted:

mkdir ~/Temp

Mount it:

mount -t vboxsf Temp ~/Temp

If you want to have it mount automatically upon each boot, put the mount command in /etc/rc.local (Debian based distro’s), or whatever script is run at the end of the boot process. When you put the mount command in /etc/rc.local, so it’s mounted at startup, you can’t use the short notation for your home folder.

During startup, everything is done through the root user, so using ~ for home, means it’s the home folder of Root (/root). Change it to the full path. For example:

mount -t vboxsf Temp /home/<username>/Temp

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