Setting up a shared folder

This is optional. You will not need to share files or data between your VM and the host, if you checkout your SVN repo in the VM.

1 Creating a shared folder on your host

  • Create a folder on the Host computer (your machine) that you would like to share, for example sharewithVM
  • Start Virtualbox.
  • Select Settings -> Shared Folders…
  • Click the ‘Add’ button on the right side.
  • Browse to and Select sharewithVM 
  • Optionally select the ‘Make permanent’ option

2 Prepare the folder in the VM

  • Create a folder in your VM e.g. sharewithHost anywhere you want. Make sure you are in the parent directory of this directory when executing the command below.
  • With a shared folder named sharewithVM, as we set up in step 1, the folder in your VM can be mounted as the directory sharewithHost with the command:
Unix-based Host (Linux, Mac, etc.)
sudo mount -t vboxsf -o uid=$UID,gid=$(id -g) sharewithVM ./sharewithHost
Windows Host
sudo mount -t vboxsf sharewithVM ./sharewithHost

Note that the last argument is the path to mount the dir in your VM and the second last is the name of the directory on the host.

Trouble-shooting

Make sure the last component (./sharewithHost) is a valid path to an existing folder. You can also use the absolute path instead of a relative one.

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