Ubuntu 10.4 + VirtualBox... USB permissions

I was having a hard time getting the USB ports to work properly with Ubuntu 10.4 LTS 64bit and VirtualBox 3.1.6 r59338   It turns out that the USB group was missing.

  • Click on USER AND GROUPS and then click on MANAGE GROUPS
  • Then click ADD then enter the group name as usb (lower caps) change the group id to 85
  • Click the check mark for your group member (your user name) and click OK.

It appears to require a reboot to pick up the permissions. There is probably a simpler way than the reboot but I am not sure what service to restart to see this so the reboot was quick painless.

Now I can add & remove the USB devices on the fly with my virtual machine.

Here is where I found this info: