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I've installed VirtualBox and I would like to create a VM now. I prefer to use the GUI rather than the command line interface, and I know that VirtualBox comes with such a GUI. However, I can't seem to figure out what the name of this application is.

$ dpkg -L virtualbox | grep "/usr/bin/"
/usr/bin/VBoxSDL
/usr/bin/VBoxBalloonCtrl
/usr/bin/VBoxManage
/usr/bin/vboxheadless
/usr/bin/VBoxHeadless
/usr/bin/vboxmanage
/usr/bin/vboxballoonctrl
/usr/bin/vboxsdl
/usr/bin/vboxwebsrv

None of these applications actually start a GUI. How do I start the virtualbox GUI?

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On my Debian at least, the command is virtualbox. Your grep did not find it because there is no file of that name in the .deb, installing virtualbox will create a link in /usr/bin:

$ ls -l /usr/bin/virtualbox
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 27 Jul 21 23:48 /usr/bin/virtualbox -> ../share/virtualbox/VBox.sh

It should also be accessible through your window manager's or desktop environment's menu system.

EDIT: The OP pointed out in the comments that on his/her system, they also needed to install the virtualbox-qt package.

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Turns out I had to install virtualbox-qt, then virtualbox showed up in dmenu (since I'm using xmonad). –  Cory Klein Oct 21 '13 at 16:35

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