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Running Community Edition virtual machine image using VirtualBox


Community Edition is a paidfree version free for educational institutions of collaborative system developed to manage documents, projects, customer relationship and email correspondence, all in one place.

Community Edition is shipped as a virtual machine image, compatible with most popular virtual machine managing software. Running virtual machine image is easy and does not require any additional setup as the image has already been configured and thoroughly tested, excluding errors which might occur during the installation and configuration process.

This guide will show you how to run Community Edition virtual machine image with VirtualBox virtualization software.

System requirements

  • CPU
    dual core 2 GHz or better
  • RAM
    6 GB or more
  • HDD
    at least 40 GB of free space
  • Additional Requirements
    • VirtualBox: version 5.0 or later

You can download and install VirtualBox from the program official website choosing the version suitable for your operating system at the download page.

Getting Community Edition image

First you need to download Community Edition image file. You can do that using our site download pagedownload page. Once the download is finished, unpack the image file to the location on your computer or server where it will be stored and accessed by VirtualBox.

Create new virtual machine

Now run VirtualBox and choose the New toolbar option (or Machine - New top menu option). Switch to Expert Mode using the appropriate button. Here you will need to select:

  1. Name: enter any name you like to distinguish your Community Edition virtual machine from others, in case you have any (e.g. Community Edition).
  2. Type: select Linux.
  3. Version: choose Ubuntu (64-bit).
  4. Memory size: at least 4 GB although 6 GB is the recommended value.
  5. Hard disk: select the Use an existing virtual hard disk file and click the Choose a virtual hard disk file... button to the right of the hard disk file name field. In the opened window locate the downloaded and unpacked file with Community Edition installation and click the Open button.

After that click Create.

Changing virtual machine settings

That is almost all. We recommend that you now go to the newly created virtual machine settings and check them all. This is done by selecting the Community Edition virtual machine in the list of available machines and clicking the Settings button of the toolbar.

Here is what you need to check:

  1. Go to the System menu and in the Motherboard tab uncheck Floppy and Optical boot options to skip them during virtual machine startup.
  2. In the same System menu go to the Processor tab and move the Processor(s) slider to enable at least two CPUs.
  3. In the Network menu make sure that the Enable Network Adapter option is checked.
    If you need your virtual machine to be available from outside (via the Internet), you need to select the Bridged Adapter option in the Attached to drop down menu, then expand the Advanced section and choose the Allow All option in the Promiscuous Mode list.

Now you can click OK and exit from settings saving them.

Running Community Edition for the first time

To run Community Edition virtual machine select it in the list of available machines and click the Start top toolbar button. The machine will be started and will load like a common Ubuntu Linux operating system.

The first time run will ask you for the Ubuntu Linux operating system access credentials. The following ones are used:

  1. login: onlyoffice
  2. password: onlyoffice

You will be asked to change the password at the first login. After the successful login all the services necessary for Community Edition start will be automatically launched. You can check if everything is okay launching an available browser and entering the local network machine IP address (please do not use either localhost or network address for the same machine where you have Community Edition installed, use its IP address in the local network instead) to the browser address bar. The Community Edition welcome screen will be displayed which will mean that everything is up and running.

Making Community Edition available from outside

To make Community Edition available from outside (including other computers over the network or via the Internet), you need to select the Bridged Adapter option in the Attached to drop down menu during the virtual machine set up. See the steps above for more information on where to find these settings.

Once this is done, start the virtual machine, login and go to Ubuntu network settings and set the necessary parameters for your server to be connected either to the local network or to be accessible via the Internet. See our article or Ubuntu official documentation for more information on how this can be done.

Docker (used to run Community Edition in the virtual machine image) specifies Google DNS servers by default. If your Community Edition server is not going to have access to the Internet, we recommend that you change the default Docker DNS address to the address of your local DNS server. To do that go to the /etc/default/docker file and change the IP address in the following line to the IP address of a DNS server in your local network:
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