VirtualBox Extensions Pack (for USB and Video)

Johannes Lundberg johalun0 at
Tue May 7 14:40:19 UTC 2019

On 5/7/19 7:26 AM, Tomasz CEDRO wrote:
> On Tue, May 7, 2019 at 4:11 PM Johannes Lundberg <johalun0 at> wrote:
>> On 5/6/19 12:42 PM, Hans Petter Selasky wrote:
>>> On 2019-05-06 20:49, Tomasz CEDRO wrote:
>>>> @HPS have you ever considered such operation? If the FreeBSD's USB can
>>>> be shared to the userland, maybe that could be also shared to the
>>>> Virtual Machine?
>>> Hi,
>>> The problem is inside VBOX, that the USB APIs only support USB 1.x and
>>> not in FreeBSD from what I understand last time I checked.
>>> --HPS
>> Maybe bhyve is an option? I have completely replaced virtualbox with
>> bhyve for my vms and loving it but I haven't tested it with usb yet.
> Hmm, thanks Johannes for that hint.. can you run Windoze (yuck), Linux
> and other stuff as full hypervisor or does this work more like
> separated dedicated FreeBSD Jail?

I haven't tried Windows but it's supposed to work. I'm running Ubuntu
successfully with graphical desktop in bhyve. It uses VNC for the
graphical interface so it's not the best experience but it's usable if
you don't have too high requirements. Mostly my VMs are headless.


For managing my VMs I like this one

> My main problem is with people that write software for Windoze (yuck)
> only. Both hardware and software utilities that needs USB2.0
> connectivity. Recently the e-government got into closed-source PKI
> with Windoze (yuck) only applications. So the problem with lack of USB
> 2.0/3.0 in FreeBSD's VirtualBox is getting bigger and bigger.. not
> everything works in USB 1.0 mode.
> I am working usually on my macOS, but 10.14 + VirtualBox performance
> got that terrible, I had to move to FreeBSD where things work smoothly
> on a really slower underlying hardware.. except that USB2.0 support
> which is missing because of missing VirtualBox ExtensionPack.
> Best regards,
> Tomek

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