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VirtualBox is an open-source hypervisor software package that enables virtual guest operating systems to be hosted on Windows, macOS or Linux computers. The software was developed by Sun Microsystems and is now maintained by Oracle. Guest operating systems can achieve network access through the host machine. The availability of resources such as memory and storage may limit the number of concurrent virtual guests that the physical computer can host.
USB passthrough is supported in VirtualBox 5.0. This allows printing from a VirtualBox session. Follow these steps to enable VirtualBox to use a USB printer.
Note: You are limited by the fact that only one VirtualBox session at a time can use the USB printer.
Many virtualization solutions do not provide the support required to enable local USB devices to be accessed. There may be situations where the USB connections are not being recognized and you cannot print from VirtualBox.
There is a software solution that addresses the lack of USB device support in your virtual sessions. USB Network Gate lets your VirtualBox sessions share a printer attached to the host computer. It provides a simple method of connecting to any type of USB device from guest virtual machines.