April 27, 2018

How to Create a Bash Script for Starting VirtualBox VMs

There's a nifty feature that comes with VirtualBox that allows you to create a desktop shortcut for virtual machines. This, however, doesn't do you much good if you're running VirtualBox on a GUI-less server. If that's the case, you don't always want to have to issue the command to start a VM every time it's needed. To that end, what do you do? If you're using Linux to host VirtualBox VMs, it's really quite simple—you create bash scripts to manage the starting, stopping, and resuming of those virtual machines.

I'm going to show you how to do just that. I'll assume you already have VirtualBox installed along with all the virtual machines you need. With that said, let's see how this is done.

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