I upgraded the system and did

sudo pacman -S virtualbox virtualbox-host-modules virtualbox-guest-iso virtualbox-host-dkms

yaourt virtualbox-ext-oracle

sudo depmod -a

sudo modprobe vboxdrv

modprobe: FATAL: Module vboxdrv not found.

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3 Answers 3


The problem was that I followed tutorials on the web and youtube videos, instead of reading manjaro wiki.

The correct way of doing it is not to install virtualbox virtualbox-host-modules, instead of that, first I should check kernel version uname -r in my case I'm using so I have to do

sudo pacman -S linux316-virtualbox-host-modules

As time goes on, blogs get more and more popular, they get better ranked, leaving official documentation way behind and users like me get false information. Anyway, hopefully my answer helps future users.


These are the simplified steps:

The firt step you should be super user.

pacman -S linux-headers
pacman -S virtualbox virtualbox-guest-iso
modprobe vboxdrv

…but if you do not want to do manually at each startup:

open the file

 vim /etc/modules-load.d/virtualbox.conf

add to the current file


Add usernames to the vboxusers group

gpasswd -a $USER vboxusers


If you put the network adapter in bridged mode

modprobe -a vboxdrv vboxnetadp vboxnetflt

or if you do not want to do manually at each startup:

vim /etc/modules-load.d/virtualbox.conf


Thanks to hector for the clear and good answer


A reboot fixed the problem for me.

The problem was that I've updated the kernel and did not reboot since then, so modprobe was still looking in the old path, and obviously could not find the modules it was looking for.

  • Cleve, when you do a pacman -Syu everything can be upgraded, and that includes kernel also.
    – crsuarezf
    May 25, 2019 at 17:32

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