Get USB working in Virtualbox under Debian and Ubuntu

Edit /etc/fstab and add:

[geshifilter-code] none /proc/bus/usb usbfs devgid=XXX,devmode=664 0 0 [/geshifilter-code]

Change XXX to be a group you are a member of, vboxusers is a natural choice (cat /etc/group | grep vboxusers - use the number there).



Just works fine. Thx :D You made me happy as I can now connect with my family on Skype (on emulated Win) using USB webcam. Have been working and searching on it all day as I'm linux newbie.


it works!


Thank you very much - just what i needed.

It works!

and I found another setting has "devmode=666 0 0", what's the difference there?


the difference is the rights you give: 666 = rw for owner, for user and for all ohter whereas 664 only gives read for all other users


Thanks alot wish I found ithis sooner.


thanks for the post....


Something I have never been able to get working is sound in a Windows VM under Ubu, though I heard it works better with XP I have only tried Vista and 7.

Post new comment

  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.

More information about formatting options

Check out Gangster Politics Montreal.