Cannot create a virtualbox using docker-machine

November 10, 2018 2.2k views
Docker Ubuntu 18.04

I try to create a virtualbox using docker machine:

sudo docker-machine create --driver virtualbox default

and get this error:

Error with pre-create check: "VBoxManage not found. Make sure VirtualBox is installed and VBoxManage is in the path"

VirtualBox is installed and I use it often.

> which VirtualBox

PATH variable contains /usr/bin

I have reinstalled both VirtualBox and Docker several times but it did not help.

1 Answer


I would recommend taking a look at this reported Docker issue here:

The suggested fix is the following:

I had the same issue on 18.04, and here were the steps I took to resolve it.

  • Reinstalled virtualbox
  • Renamed VBoxManage to match the casing
  • Followed this guide to reinstall Docker Machine.
  • Reinstalled bash completion scripts in etc/bash_completion.d/
  • sudo docker-machine create --driver virtualbox default


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