Mac : There was an error while executing `VBoxManage`, a CLI used by Vagrant


I am working with aerospike and installing it using vagrant virtual box.

After installation, when i am trying to start the virtual machine, it is giving the following error:

. There was an error while executing VBoxManage, a CLI used by Vagrant for controlling VirtualBox. The command and stderr is shown below.

Command: ["startvm", "dff6693e-52c8-4c9e-922a-243d18c7f666", "--type", "headless"]

Stderr: VBoxManage: error: The VM session was closed before any attempt to power it on VBoxManage: error: Details: code NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005), component SessionMachine, interface ISession

i am using mac machine for this setup.

Any suggestion?

asked on Stack Overflow Jan 21, 2019 by KayV

2 Answers


Proceeding with the following steps helped me out:

  1. restart the virtual box using:

    sudo "/Library/Application Support/VirtualBox/LaunchDaemons/" restart
  2. Stop vagrant as follows:

    vagrant halt
  3. start vagrant as follows:

    vagrant up
answered on Stack Overflow Jan 21, 2019 by KayV

I had the same problem. You can simply restart your system and then restart Vagrant as well. The error majorly occurs when the virtual box was stopped abruptly. Good luck!

answered on Stack Overflow Nov 27, 2019 by Michael Imatitikua • edited Nov 27, 2019 by Shlomo Koppel

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