VirtualBox is a software that allows you to emulate other operating systems on your computer, in order to use the aforementioned operating systems, as if they were running on real hardware. Over the years, VirtualBox has gained immense popularity, due to the ease and simplicity it provides, when it comes to such a large task. VirtualBox provides an easy to use interface and an aesthetically pleasing design. Nonetheless, it’s normal you to be confused about how exactly you’d delete a virtual machine from VirtualBox. Most users only know how to add a virtual machine, whereas knowing how to delete one, can be a challenge.

Maybe you no longer have use of the virtual machine that you downloaded, and would now like to delete it. Perhaps you’re running low on disk space, and it’s a common fact that when you remove a virtual machine, you’ll end up freeing a lot of disk space. Virtual machines tend to take up a large amount of space. Whatever the case, you can easily delete a virtual machine from VirtualBox, without much effort.

It doesn’t matter if you’re using a Windows PC, a Mac computer, or a Linux system, you can easily use the instructions below in order to delete a virtual machine in VirtualBox. In order to get started, and learn how you can delete a virtual machine from VirtualBox, follow the simple instructions below.

Completely Remove Virtual Machine in VirtualBox

It goes without saying that the process below will be done through VIrtualBox itself. The process can be carried out by novice users, and won’t take up too much time. Since you’re removing a virtual machine and not downloading one, the process won’t take too much time. In order to get started and remove a virtual machine in VirtualBox on your system, follow the simple instructions below.

1. Launch VirtualBox.

2. Navigate to the VM VirtualBox Manager screen.

3. Select the virtual machine that you would like to remove from VirtualBox. Note: Please ensure that you’ve quit the VM you’d like to delete, if it’s currently active.

4. Right-click on the name of the virtual machine that you would like to delete.

5. From the right-click menu that appears, click on Remove. Note: You also have the option to pull down the Machine menu, and click on Remove.


5. A window will pop-up letting you know that you’re about to remove a virtual machine. The window will give you the option to delete all of the operating system files. Click on Delete all files.

6. Repeat the process above, with other virtual machines that you would like to delete.

That’s all it takes. You’re all done. As you can see from above, the process to completely remove a virtual machine from your system is very easy to carry out, and only requires a few moments of your time. This process is the same no matter what system you’re using, whether Mac OS X, Windows, or Linux. All you really needed to do in order to delete the virtual machine off of your system was right-click. By deleting the virtual machine, you’ve also freed up a great amount of storage on your system, which can now be put to use elsewhere. If you deleted the virtual machine in order to download a different virtual machine, you can now do that, as well.

You may be wondering what happens when you only remove a virtual machine without deleting all of the files. If you do happen to choose the Remove only option, then the virtual machine will be removed off the VirtualBox VM manage, but all of the files associated with the virtual machine, OS VDI, or anything else of the like, are still in place, and have not been deleted. This isn’t a wise choice, especially if you’re deleting the virtual machine, in order to free up storage on your system.

The files take up a large amount of storage space, which will be going to waste. It’s best to choose the Delete all files option, when you are deleting a virtual machine in VirtualBox, as this will free up your storage and result in a clean delete of the operating system.