I'm running this command minikube start --vm-driver virtualbox -p minikube on Mac to start a minikube instance and I'm getting the following error:

Exiting due to IF_VBOX_NOT_VISIBLE: Failed to start host: driver start:
Error setting up host only network on machine start:
The host-only adapter we just created is not visible. This is a well known VirtualBox bug.
You might want to uninstall it and reinstall at least version 5.0.12
that is is supposed to fix this issue

 Suggestion: Reboot to complete VirtualBox installation,
verify that VirtualBox is not blocked by your system, and/or use another hypervisor

My version of VirtualBox is 7, I've rebooted VirtualBox and verified that it's not blocked but it's not working yet.

Any ideas what could be happening?

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As per the error Mac may have blocked VirtualBox during its installation, try performing below steps which will allow it:

System Preferences >> Security & Privacy >> Allow >> Then select “allow” for the software corporation.

After allowing it, you need to restart it. It may solve your issue.

Specify kubernetes version and VM driver while using “minikube start”

“minikube start –vm-driver=virtualbox –kuberntetes-version=latest”

Replace ”virtualbox” and “latest” with your driver and version. Attaching the similar git issue for reference.

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