Indicator-VirtualBox or how to launch virtual machines without opening VirtualBox

Indicator-VirtualBox it's a simple indicator for the GNOME panel that allows launching the virtual machines that we have added to VirtualBox directly from the desktop. It works with both VirtualBox and VirtualBox OSE.

Although it is possible to create shortcuts for each of the virtual machines that we add to VirtualBox, this method is simpler since it avoids the task of having to be creating, updating or deleting those shortcuts. In addition, it is more verbose because all machines are listed when pressing the indicator icon.

To add this program, you need to add the WebUpd8 PPA (a blog in English about Linux) which also includes updates to many other popular programs. The versions contained in this PPA are for Ubuntu (Lucid, Maverick and Natty):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa: nilarimogard / webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-virtualbox

To run it hit ALT + F2 and typed: indicator-virtualbox.

Source: WebUpd8

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  1.   Dasinex said


    Very useful

  2.   cpcbegin said

    Another option is to create a shortcut on the desktop with the command that opens the virtual machine and runs it for you.

    For example, I have an access called 'FreeDOS Compatibility' that points to the command 'virtualbox -startvm' Free DOS '-rmode sdl' which allows double-clicking to open the indicated operating system (in this case Free DOS) quite transparent to the user.

  3.   Let's use Linux said

    Exact. The problem with this alternative is that it is more "cumbersome" and, in addition, it does not update automatically when deleting or creating new virtual machines. Anyway, it is a good alternative in case you prefer not to install more programs that continue to occupy your precious disk space. 🙂
    Greetings and thank you very much for commenting!

  4.   Carlos Uc said

    Anyone know any way to install this flag on ubuntu 13.04 ??
    The repository is out of date: S

  5.   Carlos Uc said

    I found a way to install it on ubuntu 13.04 !! They just updated this repository on launchpad. Add it and it works. Edit the post to update it