VirtualBox Headless mode
February 18, 2018
I use VirtualBox and do some testing and learning with multiple machines running at once.
Usually those machines are servers so I don’t really need the GUI since I connecting to them using SSH clinet.
When VirtualBox is installed you’ll see
VBoxManage executable (
vboxmanage is also there as alias) which is CLI tool
that allows you to interact with your VMs.
Here is a command how you can start VM in headless mode:
vboxmanage startvm <vm name> --type headless
To shutdown the VM run this:
vboxmanage controlvm <vm name> poweroff
That’s it. You can also run
vboxmanage without any params to get list of all options/actions it supports.