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For Mac Users:

VirtualBox is a free virtual machine that can run many different operating systems such as the Windows and Linux Operating Systems on your computer. Essentially, it has the same function as VMWare, Parallels, and Bootcamp, except there is no need to reboot your computer and it is free!

How to set up a virtual machine with VirtualBox:

  1. To download VirtualBox, go on this link and click on OS X hosts:
  2. After the file has been downloaded, open it and double-click on the icon “VirtualBox.pkg” that pops up on the screen. Then, go through the VirtualBox installation process.
  3. Now, open VirtualBox by searching for it on Spotlight or looking through the Applications folder (Note: If VirtualBox is not in the Applications folder, VirtualBox has not been properly installed, so repeat step 2).
  4. To create a virtual machine, click on the blue icon on the top left. Enter in the information of your virtual machine and click Continue (Ex: Linux, Ubuntu 14.0, 1 GB RAM). When prompted about the Hard disk, click on “Use an existing virtual hard disk file” and locate where your downloaded operating system file is.
  5. Congratulations! You have created your virtual machine. To use it, click on it and press the green arrow at the toolbar.

Instructions with pictures can be found on this website:

For PC Users (from


The following are the hardware requirements for CyberPatriot X. It is recommended that teams use one host machine for each image in around. If teams do not have access to enough host machines, it is recommended that they do not run more than one image on a single machine at one time. If they do so, these specifications will be inadequate.

    • 64-bit x86 Intel Core 2 Duo Processor or equivalent, OR AMD Athlon™ 64 FX Dual Core
    • 1.3 GHz or faster core speed with virtualization extensions recommended
    • 4 GB of RAM minimum / 8 GB of RAM recommended
    • 40 GB of free disk space
    • XGA (1024x768) or higher display/1280x1024 recommended

In order to participate in CyberPatriot, a host system must be able to run VMware Workstation Player 12.5.7 and higher versions on​ their host systems. VMware Workstation Player 12.5.7​ is free software that runs on 64-bit host operating system. Some host systems will appear to conform to the above requirements, but are still unable to run VMware Player 12.5.7. If you are not sure whether your system is capable of running VMware Workstation Player 12.5.7, please refer to the VMware Workstation Player Documentation.


    • Operating Systems. 64-Bit Windows 7or later. Must be capable of running VMWare Workstation Player 12.5.7 or later. Other operating systems such as Apple Mac Operating Systems and Linux Operating Systems may be used at the team's own risk, but issues resulting from their use (e.g., image does not open, image locks up, score checks do not work, etc.), are not grounds for appeal or special consideration. Teams with Mac and other non-Windows operating systems should have at least one Windows computer that meets technical specifications for the competition.
    • WinMD5
      • Used for verifying the checksum of the images to ensure that they have been fully downloaded
      • Install guide
    • 7-Zip
      • Used for unzipping the images after they have been downloaded
      • Install guide
    • VMware Workstation Player 12.5.7 or later for Windows.
      • Used to play the images after they have been unzipped
      • How to open a virtual machine image
      • VMware Workstation Player 12.5.7​ is free software that runs on 64-bit host operating system.​ The official version of VMware Workstation Player will be announced before the competition season because updates made by VMware may provide better compatibility. Earlier versions of VMware Player are available, but issues stemming from the use of these versions are not grounds for appeal.