VirtualBox for OS/2

Release date: 
Wednesday, 9 November, 2016



VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). Port by different authors.

This technology is not new for OS/2: The operating system indeed, already natively supports virtualization of the Operating System DOS and Microsoft Windows 3.x graphic environment.

The encapsulation of operating systems using this technology - a relatively new technique - allows a number of significant advantages, such as achieving high safety standards, better optimization of available physical resources, easier management and high scalability, especially in server environments, features which greatly reflect on costs and maintenance services. More deeply, virtualization enables:

  • Hardware independence;
  • Standardization of installations;
  • Support for legacy applications;
  • Adaptability;
  • Reduction of physical servers;
  • Possibility to create working areas, replicated and virtualized, for testing purposes;
  • Specific software execution not available on the host platform.

Port of an updated version is under development:

This software is distributed as compressed package. You have to download and manually install it; if prerequisites are required, you will have to manually install them too.

Manual installation

Program is distributed as ZIP package: download to temporary directory and unpack to destination folder. See below for download link(s).

Current version installation instructions are here:

You can install the prerequisites with rpm running the following string in a command line:

yum install libc libgcc1 libstdc++6 libstdc++ libsupc++6 libsupc++ libgcc-fwd libqt4 zlib pthread libaio libvpx libvncserver libpng libjpeg libidl mmap urpo libxml2 expat curl openssl SDL glib2 libcx 

Online documentation:

Following ones are the download links for manual installation:

Record updated last time on: 12/06/2018 - 15:04


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