How to import VDI in Oracle VirtualBox2 min read

In this tutorial, we will learn how to import VDI in Oracle VirtualBox. If you want to learn more about oracle from a beginner’s level then click here.

Note: The same steps can be followed to import VMDK file in Oracle VirtualBox.

Oracle VirtualBox

Oracle VirtualBox is a hosted hypervisor for x86 virtualization developed by Oracle Corporation. It is free and open-source. It was created by Innotek and purchased by Sun Microsystems in 2008, which was then purchased by Oracle in 2010.

VirtualBox is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, and Open Solaris. It allows you to build and manage guest virtual machines running Windows, Linux, BSD, OS/2, Solaris, Haiku, and OSx86, as well as virtualize macOS guests on Apple hardware. A “Guest Additions” package of device drivers and system applications is available for some guest operating systems, which usually improves performance, especially graphics performance. Download Oracle VirtualBox.


Virtual Disk Image, or VDI, is a disc image format for storing a hard drive’s contents. The Virtual Disk Image format is unique to VirtualBox and stores data in files with the “.vdi” filename extension. A disc image, also known as a virtual machine, is a copy of an actual hard drive that contains all of the data and structural elements. VDI is mainly a tool for making a copy/image/replica of a virtual machine’s hard disc for backup, restoration, or copying to a new virtual machine.

Import a VDI in Oracle VirtualBox

Follow the below steps to import a VDI in Oracle VirtualBox.

1. In VirtualBox, click on New

2. Provide the name and necessary details. Refer to the below screenshot,

name the vm

3. Assign RAM as per your system

assign ram

4. Select Use an existing virtual hard disk file option and click on the file option on the right side

select vdi and then it will be imported in oracle virtualbox

5. Search for the vdi file in your system and open it

6. Click on Create

7. Done. Select your VM and click on Start.


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