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Downloads of v 6.1:


Last Update:

19 Nov 2021

Package Maintainer(s):

Software Author(s):

  • Mathias Herrmann
  • Zhe Fang
  • Runar Buvik


oracle VBoxVmService virtualbox virtualization vm service


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6.1 | Updated: 19 Nov 2021



Downloads of v 6.1:


Software Author(s):

  • Mathias Herrmann
  • Zhe Fang
  • Runar Buvik

VBoxVmService 6.1

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This Package Contains an Exempted Check

Not All Tests Have Passed

Validation Testing Passed

Verification Testing Passed


Scan Testing Exemption for this package version only:

High rate of false positives due to a known issue. See package description for more information.

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Deployment Method: Individual Install, Upgrade, & Uninstall

To install VBoxVmService, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade VBoxVmService, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall VBoxVmService, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


Deployment Method:


This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Enter Your Internal Repository Url

(this should look similar to

2. Setup Your Environment

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

2. Get the package into your environment

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Copy Your Script

choco upgrade vboxvmservice -y --source="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade vboxvmservice -y --source="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" 

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Install vboxvmservice
    name: vboxvmservice
    version: '6.1'
    state: present

See docs at

chocolatey_package 'vboxvmservice' do
  action    :install
  source   'INTERNAL REPO URL'
  version  '6.1'

See docs at

cChocoPackageInstaller vboxvmservice
    Name     = "vboxvmservice"
    Version  = "6.1"
    Source   = "INTERNAL REPO URL"

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at

package { 'vboxvmservice':
  ensure   => '6.1',
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  source   => 'INTERNAL REPO URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at

4. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.


This package is exempt from moderation. While it is likely safe for you, there is more risk involved.


VBoxVmService is a wrapper-service that calls VirtualBox COM API interfaces. When Windows starts up, the wrapper-service will start running. It will check for the settings in VBoxVmService.ini file, and call up the Virtual Machines as specified. Both the wrapper-service and Virtual Machines are run with the account specified in the VBoxVmService.ini file.

If RunWebService=yes is specified in VBoxVmService.ini file, the wrapper-service will also try to start VirtualBox web service automatically. This might be useful for people who use the web service a lot, like users of phpVirtualBox.

When windows shuts down, the wrapper-service will try to stop all the VMs configured in VBoxVmService.ini.

VmServiceControl.exe is the CLI (command line interface) client that sends control commands to VBoxVmService and display returned results.

VmServiceTray.exe is another client like VmServiceControl.exe, but comes with GUI interface and stays in system tray.

Old Windows versions like Windows 7 are no longer supported.

It hasn't been fully tested on systems other than Windows 10, but it is supposed to work on server systems like Win2012, Win2016, ... etc, both 32bit and 64bit versions.

NOTE: Your AntiVirus software might detect a virus in this package. This is a known issue which arises due to this software using an InnoSetup installer, which is also often used by malware. PLease see these resources:,,

$packageName= 'VBoxVmService'
$url        = ''

$packageArgs = @{
  packageName   = $packageName
  fileType      = 'exe'
  url           = $url
  validExitCodes= @(0)
  softwareName  = 'VBoxVmService'
  checksum      = '6E1F8272E693E0974176873952242D36252F537DCEA024596BAD7D68AE51275F'
  checksumType  = 'sha256'

Install-ChocolateyPackage @packageArgs

Log in or click on link to see number of positives.

In cases where actual malware is found, the packages are subject to removal. Software sometimes has false positives. Moderators do not necessarily validate the safety of the underlying software, only that a package retrieves software from the official distribution point and/or validate embedded software against official distribution point (where distribution rights allow redistribution).

Chocolatey Pro provides runtime protection from possible malware.

Add to Builder Version Downloads Last Updated Status
VBoxVmService 6.0 1585 Monday, February 4, 2019 Approved
VBoxVmService 5.2 765 Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Approved
VBoxVmService 5.1 552 Thursday, November 3, 2016 Approved
VBoxVmService 704 Saturday, May 31, 2014 Unknown

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