Importing the virtual machine image#

Open VirtualBox on your computer and then follow the steps below to import the downloaded virtual machine image.

Step 1 — Select OVA file#

From the main window of VirtualBox, select:

File ‣ Import Appliance (Fig. 8)


Fig. 8 Select File –> Import Appliance from the menu#

In the Appliance to import screen, click on the button that appears next to the File entry field (Fig. 9).


Fig. 9 Click on the button that appears next to the File entry field#

Browse to the location of the linuxmint-20.1.ova file, select it, and then click on the Open button.

The File entry field will now have the complete path to the selected file (Fig. 10).


Fig. 10 Click on the Next button to proceed#

Click on the Next button to proceed.

Step 2 — Adjust appliance settings (optional)#

In the next screen — Appliance settings (Fig. 11), you can modify the configuration of this virtual machine.


This step is optional.

You can click on the Import button at the bottom to proceed to the next step.

For example, you can add more CPU or RAM for this virtual machine, depending on the configuration of your computer.


Fig. 11 Appliance settings screen#

Click on the Import button to proceed.

Step 3 — Import progress and completion#

You will notice a progress bar at this stage (Fig. 12).


Fig. 12 Virtual machine import progress#

When import is complete, you will be taken back to the main window of VirtualBox.

The imported virtual machine — LinuxMint 20.1, will appear in the panel on the left (Fig. 13).


Fig. 13 Imported virtual machine#