Ubuntu: VirtualBox Ubuntu 14.04 - vboxclient the virtualbox kernel service is not running


I've installed VirtualBox (with Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop) and Guest Additions on my Windows 7 machine.

Every time it boots up I get the following error message which goes away:

vboxclient the virtualbox kernel service is not running. exiting.  

How can I disable this message? I've tried the following:

I deleted /etc/xdg/autostart/vboxclient.desktop file.

But I am still seeing the message when logging in.

Any suggestions on how to fix this?


Try eject the VBOXADDITIONS cd image on ubuntu and "insert" it again from Vbox menu. I was just having this same problem and doing this fixed it.


This usually happens when you update the Guest's Linux Kernel.
After each update, you need to do:

  • For Host (installing server)

    sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup  
  • For Guest (installing additions)

    sudo /etc/init.d/vboxadd setup  

The reason why inserting the VBox addition disk again works is because that's one of the things the installation procedure does as well.


I'm running Ubuntu 15.04 on Virtualbox 5.02. The same notification went away after I selected two "restricted drivers" from Virtualbox.

More specifically, from "Software & Updates" -> "Additional Drivers" tab, there are two drivers previously not selected: "Using x86 virtualization solution - X11 guest utilities from virtualbox-guest-x11" and "Using x86 virtualization solution - guest addition module source for dkms from virtualbox-guest-dkms". The notification was gone after I select to use these two proprietary drivers.

Update: one of these two drivers seem to cause a repository inconsistency when I run "apt-get update." I chose to use "the package maintainer's version" to solve the inconsistency, and haven't run into any further problem.


If you just want to prevent this warning from showing when you boot up your system, follow the description here: Look for the file 98vboxadd-xclient (e.g. /etc/X11/Xsession.d/98vboxadd-xclient) and comment out line 26 giving the warning as shown below:

if ! test -c /dev/vboxguest 2>/dev/null; then     # Do not start if the kernel module is not present.     # notify-send "VBoxClient: the VirtualBox kernel service is not running.  Exiting."  

(Works on Ubuntu 16.04.)

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