Virtualbox on Ubuntu as host does not show any USB device

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Introduction

This is a very common issue when you try to use a USB device inside a virtual machine (VM) using virtualbox and Ubuntu (or any other Linux) as a host system. Remeber that a host system is the OS where virtualbox software is running and a guest system is the VM.

This is what you see when you have this issue.

Virtualbox not showing usb devices

Step 1: Adding your user to the vboxusers group

The fix of this issue is very easy, you need to add your user to the vboxusers group. To do it execute:

sudo adduser $USER vboxusers

Now logout and login again, the result should be like this one:

Virtualbox showing all USB devices after the fix