Running a Linux Manjaro VM in Virtualbox 🌱

  1. Download Linux Manjaro Download
    1. Choose a desktop environment by scrolling through the various options on the downloads page
  2. Launch Virtualbox
  3. Create a New VM by selecting Machine > New

    Name: Linux Manjaro
    Machine Folder: C:\VMs
    Type: Linux
    Version: Arch Linux (64-bit)
    Memory Size: 4096 MB
    Hard disk: Create a virtual hard disk now

  4. Click Create
  5. On the Create Virtual Hard Disk dialog

    Name the virtual disk image Linux Manjaro.vdi
    File size: 30 GB
    Hard disk file type: VDI
    Storage on physical hard disk: Dynamically Allocated

  6. Click Create
  7. Select the VM and Click Settings
  8. Select System > Processor
  9. Give the VM at least 2 processors
  10. Select Display
  11. Slide the Video Memory to 128 MB
  12. Select Network
  13. Set the attached to dropdown to Bridged Adapter
  14. Select Storage
  15. Click on the CD-ROM drive
  16. Select the disc dropdown to the right > Choose a virtual optical disc file...
  17. Browse to and select the downloaded Linux Manjaro .iso file
  18. Click OK
  19. Make sure the Linux Manjaro VM is selected and click Start > Normal
  20. Press Enter to Start Manjaro (or wait 10 seconds)
  21. Click the Application button and search install > Click Install Manjaro Linux
  22. Select a language > Click Next
  23. Select a Region > Click Next
  24. Select a keyboard layout > Click Next
  25. Select Erase disk > Click Next
  26. Enter a name, computer name, username, password and root password > Click Next
  27. Choose an Office Suite to install > Click Next
  28. Verify the overview and click Install > Click Install now
  29. Wait while Manjaro copies files and installs
  30. When the installation completes, Check the Restart Now box and click Done, the VM will reboot
  31. Login with the username and password created earlier in the process
  32. Welcome to Manjaro Linux

Optional Steps

  1. Click the Applications button > Search "terminal" > Click Terminal
  2. Run the following commands to install updates
    sudo pacman -S perl gcc make
  3. Select Devices > Insert Guest Additions CD image...
  4. If the installation autoruns, select Run otherwise
  5. Open the Files application > Select the Guest Additions Disc > Right click in the white space > Open in Terminal
  6. In the Terminal window run the following commands
    sudo sh ./
    sudo reboot now
  7. The VM will reboot
  8. Upon rebooting, you can now full screen the VM and the internal resolution will automatically change to match the window size
  9. Log back in