Make Virtualbox and Mavericks play nice together

I love Virtualbox and have been using it for several years. I use it to experiment with new linux distros and learn more about linux. After updating to Mavericks, I had a few issues, so I uninstalled and re-installed Virtualbox. Things seemed to be working fine, problem solved, so I thought. When I rebooted my machine, Virtualbox was no longer working, so I reinstalled it, boom, it worked again. I just thought that something went wrong the frst time. I discovered that after a clean install, it would work fine, until you rebooted. I did some research and learned that there was an issue with the old kernel files not being removed and had to be done manually. The documentation I found seemed a bit complicated, so I kept searching and found a great solution from a blog by Jonathan Ocab.

First, if you already have it installed, uninstall it. Then go grab a fresh download and install it, once it’s installed, go download the extension pack. Next you need to go to /Library/Extensions and run the following code sudo rm -rf VBox*.kext then reboot.



If you don’t currently use Virtualbox, I encourage you to give it a try. You can find various linux distros at Distrowatch, I personally like Ubuntu and Mint.

Screenshot 2013-11-02 23.57.00

  • Ben P.P. Tung

    You have no issue to reboot/shutdown your Mac?

    I am using VirtualBox 4.3.2, and my Mac was bought on May, 2013.
    Since I upgraded to Mavericks, my VirtualBox 4.2.18 has network issue, so I upgraded VirtualBox to 4.3.2, the issue is solved, however, I cannot force quit the VM power off-ed in Virtualbox, and thereafter I cannot shutdown/reboot Mac due to the VM. You have no issue on this?

    • Dennis Keefe

      Ben, I haven’t had any issues after following the above steps, sorry.

      • Ben P.P. Tung

        I’ve got luck!!!
        Don’t know why, every time I made a comment for an issue I cannot resolve, I will get luck to resolve this issue soon :)

        It seems this issue is partially resolved by Virtualbox, and it is about the network interface. If the VM is using an non-existing network interface, e.g. en0, but there is no ethernet line connected. The VM will not let mac shut down.

        Thank you for your reply :)