Indicator-Virtualbox offers a quick way to launch virtual machines via the desktop panel.

Indicator virtualbox for Ubuntu

The applet, created by astrapi, sits in your panel and, on opening, lists all the virtual machines configured in Virtualbox. Selecting an entry launches the machine without the need to call the main virtualbox window.


The Indicator can be installed from astrapi‘s PPA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:michael-astrapi/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install indicator-virtualbox

To launch press ALT + F2 (or just open a Terminal) and type: