Manjaro as guest in VirtualBox, Shared Folder?



Hi @all, I’m absolutely new to Manjaro, installed it today as VirtualMachine running in an UBUNTU-host. I’m really impressed, how fast and easy I the install-process was managed.
The Host’s VirtualBox is version 5.2.8 and is running fine, several other VM’s share one folder /mnt/Data… (havin the AutoMount option activated) perfectly.
But in VM Manjaro I don’t really find a way to install GuestAdditions or to see that folder.
Any help appreciated, thank you


Update the mirror list on Manjaro (it is a common issue at the moment)

Then search for virtualbox-guest-utils in the graphical package manager, it usually called “Add/ remove software” in the menu


normally the guest addition are installed automatically during installation. if not follow @Lolix post
you may need to add your user in the vboxuser vboxsf group and reboot
and find the shared folder in /media


I’m not sure of this at the moment, for sure there are in Live mode


I reinstalled manjaro-kde at work in a vm few weeks ago… and I didn’t had to install them or activate the service… just had to add my user in the right group.

EDIT: I had to create the /media folder as it was not created by the installer… and virtual box could not put the shared folder


From my notes:

sudo systemctl enable vboxservice
sudo mkdir /media
sudo gpasswd -a $USER vboxsf


yes I just remembered that /media was not present after installation and I found that weird. :thinking: @philm
I don’t think the chown is needed. it should stay owned by root.


Thanks everybody for your time and proposals. It works now! This is, what I did:

Using octopi, I found that virtualbox-guest-utils was installed; the Info-page shows:

VirtualBox Guest userspace utilities
Version: 5.2.6-2
Lizenzen: GPL custom
needs: glibc pam libx11 libxcomposite libxdamage libxext libxfixes libxmu libxt xorg-xrandr VIRTUALBOX-GUEST-MODULES
Is in Conflic with: virtualbox-archlinux-additions virtualbox-guest-additions virtualbox-guest-utils-nox
Ersetzt: virtualbox-archlinux-additions virtualbox-guest-additions
Size  Downloads: 0.00 Bytes
Size  Installation: 8.08 MiB
Packager: Christian Hesse <>
Architektur: x86_64
Bild Datum
Mo. - 29/01/2018 21:00:28
Installationsgrund: Explicitly installed

I was wondering about version 5.2.6 as my main system has virtualbox 5.2.8-121009~Ubuntu~zesty …

In a terminal:
sudo usermod -aG vboxsf $USER

At that point, the Manjaro-VM was re-started but /media did not exist after that. Again in a terminal:

[UserName@ManjaroPC ~]$ sudo systemctl enable vboxservice
[sudo] Passwort for UserName: 
Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/ → /usr/lib/systemd/system/vboxservice.service.
[UserName@ManjaroPC ~]$ sudo mkdir /media
[UserName@ManjaroPC ~]$ sudo gpasswd -a $USER vboxsf
Benutzer UserName added to group vboxsf hinzugefügt.
[UserName@ManjaroPC ~]$

Of course, /media was present now, but not more. So again a re-start for the Manjaro VM and after that besides /media also /media/sf_data is available and all files in the shared folder are accessible. There was no drive or location shown in Dolphin for /media/sf_data which is added automatically in DEBIAN-based VMs; I added it manually.

As the Wiki-page for this topic did not solve it (for me) and the video-URLs are broken, may be we want to link this solution there?

Thanks again, great experience and pleasure to communicate with you!
Regards Michael


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