Mounting a Shared VirtualBox Folder from an Ubuntu Guest

By Lowell Heddings on July 16th, 2010

If you’ve used the GUI tool to share a folder with your Ubuntu guest machine, you probably are confused why it’s not showing up anywhere.

The problem is that you need to run a command to make it show up. First, create a mount point, and then use the special mount syntax to actually “map” the folder to the shared VirtualBox folder.

sudo mkdir /media/vboxshared

Now you can map the folder using the share name that you setup earlier in VirtualBox

sudo mount -t vboxsf SHARENAME /media/vboxshared

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  • Published 07/16/10
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