Downtown LA taken from Signal Hill.
This is using VirtualBox 4.2.16 on Windows 8 with Ubuntu 13.04. Other versions should be very similar.
In your Ubuntu guest create a folder on your Desktop. This folder will be used to access your Windows files.
Install Guest Additions (
Devices > Install Guest Additions...) if you haven’t already done so.
Once that is done you can setup Shared Folders. In VirtualBox go to
Devices > Shared Folders....
On the right click the folder icon with the plus sign. A window with options will popup.
Folder Path: This is where you will navigate to the folder you wish to share.
Folder Name: The name of the folder you will mount. Name it something easy.
Read-only: Make the folder read-only.
Auto-mount: Have the folder mounted automatically. A bit buggy in my experience with an Ubuntu Guest.
Make Permanent: This will make the shared folder work every time you boot into your guest.
Click OK to close the Window. Go back in to your Ubuntu guest.
The VirtualBox documentation gives a command to mount the folder but that mounts it as
root. To mount it as your regular user use the following command:
sudo mount -t vboxsf -o uid=1000,gid=1000 share_name location_in_guest
Replace share_name and location_in_guest with your options. For example I put “Justin” under the
Folder Name option and created a folder on my Desktop called “Windows” so my command would be:
sudo mount -t vboxsf -o uid=1000,gid=1000 Justin ~/Desktop/Windows
Once that command is run you will be able to access your Windows documents in the folder you specified.