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VirtualBox networking types - paia - 28.01.2019

You want to try Linux in VirtualBox, but confused, what type of networking you should choose?

There are currently (VirtualBox 6.0) 7 options, how the virtual adapter will be attached to the real network of the host computer.
  • Not attached - there will be no connection to any network
  • NAT (network address translation) - if all you want is to browse the Web, download files, and view email inside the guest, then this default mode should be sufficient for you
  • NAT Network - type of internal network that allows outbound connections
  • Bridged Adapter - for more advanced networking needs, such as network simulations and running servers in a guest
  • Internal Network - this can be used to create a network which is visible to selected virtual machines, but not to computers/applications running on the host or to the outside world
  • Host-only Adapter - used to create a network containing the host and a set of virtual machines, without the need for the host's physical network interface
  • Generic Driver - rarely used modes which share the same generic network interface