VirtualBox is minikube’s original driver. It may not provide the fastest start-up time, but it is the most stable driver available for users of Microsoft Windows Home.



Start a cluster using the virtualbox driver:

minikube start --driver=virtualbox

To make virtualbox the default driver:

minikube config set driver virtualbox

Special features

minikube start supports some VirtualBox specific flags:

  • --host-only-cidr: The CIDR to be used for the minikube VM (default “”)
  • --no-vtx-check: Disable checking for the availability of hardware virtualization



  • Run minikube start --alsologtostderr -v=7 to debug crashes

  • If you experience slow network performance with the VirtualBox driver, changing the Network Interface Card (NIC) type may improve speed. Use the following command to start minikube with the AMD PCNet FAST III (Am79C973) for both NAT and host-only network interfaces:

    minikube start --vm-driver=virtualbox --nat-nic-type=Am79C973 --host-only-nic-type=Am79C973