Running a headless VirtualBox


Use this command to start headless VirtualBox named NameOfVirtualBox:

Start /b 'C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxHeadless.exe' -s "NameOfVirtualBox"

Or using PowerShell:

Start-Process -FilePath 'C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxHeadless.exe' -ArgumentList @("-s","NameOfVirtualBox") -NoNewWindow


Note: If you close your command prompt the processes with your headless VirtualBox will get killed.


Link to VirtualBox manual :

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