How to install vmware tools?


In this tutorial you will learn the easiest way to install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 16.04 and 16.10.


Installing VMware Tools on Linux operating systems (OS) used to be harder than it is now. You had to mount the ISO, copy the correct package to the guest OS, unzip it, and then run through the installation steps.

Fortunately it’s now much easier, because there is an open source package called open-vm-tools located in the official Ubuntu packages repository.

How to Install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 16.04 and 16.10

So how do you install VMware Tools on Ubuntu?

Brace yourself for some heavy reading, are you ready?

sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools -y

See, I told you it was easy.

Now if you’re running VMware Tools on Ubuntu Desktop, you may also want to install the GUI package using the following command.

sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools-desktop

That’s it, VMware Tools will now be installed. If for some reason...

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VMware Tools is one of important components for virtual machine (VM) in order get excellent performance. It is a group of utilities that help to enhances the overall performance of the virtual machine’s guest operating system (OS) and improves management of the VM. Without the VMware Tools, guest OS performance will lacks some of the important functionality. Below steps shows how to install the VMware Tools on RHEL 7, CentOS 7 and Oracle Linux 7.

How to Install VMware Tools ?

Option 1 (Recommended by VMware) – VMware support of open-vm-tools

open-vm-tools is an open source implementation of VMware Tools from third parties and contains utilities that enhances virtualization management, administration and functions of the virtual machine in VMware environments. The ultimate goal is to enable the operating system vendors and/or communities and virtual appliance vendors to bundle VMware Tools into their product releases.

# yum install open-vm-tools Option 2 :


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You can use VMware Tools to enhance the performance of the virtual machines running as the guest operating systems and improve the virtual machine management. However, the guest operating systems can run without VMware Tools, but some of the VMware features, such as sharing files between host and guest operating system using the Shared Folders feature and Drag-and-drop features, will not be available until you install the latest version of VMware Tools. In order to use the VMware tools, first, you need to download VMware tools. You can download VMware tools from the VMware’s official website free of cost. VMware tools are available for both the Linux and Windows platforms. In this post, we will explain how to download and install VMware Tools on Windows operating systems. Visit the following link to download the latest version of VMware Tools for Windows.

Download VMware Tools for Windows

Once, you have downloaded the VMware Tools, you can install VMware Tools either...

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I installed my Ubuntu in vmware, no I need install vmware tools, I got error:

Searching for a valid kernel header path... The path "" is not valid. Would you like to change it?[yes]

In CentOS, I run the following command to resolve this issue:

yum install gcc-c++ yum install kernel-devel yum install kernel-headers yum -y update kernel

But I don't know how to do in Ubuntu. Please help.

Update I have tried the following command but nothing changed,still got error:

Searching for a valid kernel header path... The path "" is not valid. Would you like to change it?[yes]

sudo apt-get update sudo-get install build-essential linux-header-$(uname -r) sudo ./ sudo ./ sudo ./

Issue Changed:

Run sudo ./, and delete the folder of /etc/vmware-tools then, run sudo ./ Now I can successfully install vmware-tool.After restart, I can see folder...

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The VMware Tools package adds drivers and utilities to improve the graphical performance for different guest operating systems, including mouse tracking. The package also enables some integration between the guest and host systems, including shared folders, plug-and-play devices, clock synchronisation, and cutting-and-pasting across environments.


This tutorial has been tested on the following Linux distributions:

Debian Linux 9 (Stretch)
Debian Linux 8 (Jessie)
Debian Linux 7 (Wheezy)

Last updated:
27th of March 2018

Please note that VMware recommends using open-vm-tools instead of VMware tools as outlined in this article. The benefits of using open-vm-tools include improved stability as the package is optimized for each distribution, automatic updates smaller footprint.

You can find a tutorial on installing open-vm-tools on Debian Tutorials:
How to install open-vm-tools (Open Virtual Machine...

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We have talked a lot about VMware Tools and benefits of running VMware tools in the VMware virtual machines. No matter, VM is running on ESXi or VMware Workstation. VMware tools are very important for VMware virtual Machine. VMware Tools Improves Video Resolution, Improves Color Depth, Improved Network adapter performance, Smooth Mouse Experience, Allow Copy and Paste, drag-and-drop the file and provides the ability to take quiesced snapshots of Guest OS. Take a look at my article to understand everything about VMware Tools version. In the previous article, We have discussed in detail about How to download and Install Kali Linux on VMware. Once Kali Linux is installed, it is very important to install VMware tools on Kali Linux. In this article, We will discuss in detail about the procedure to install VMware Tools on Kali Linux.

VMware Tools includes the below components:

1. VMware Device Drivers – Which provides the drivers for virtual hardware’s including Network...

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If you managed to install Kali Linux inside of VMware Player, a free virtual machine manager program.

Then u should now install VMware Tools cause it comes with some nice additions to Kali Linux, it allows you to stretch the windows freely, copy files from the host OS to the guest (Kali) and from the guest to the host.

But in order for these features to work, you have to install VMware Tools.

This can sometimes be a hard project for beginners.

Step One:

Start Kali Linux up via the VMware Player

Step Two:

Once your virtual machine is booted up

Login to the root account (you need root privileges to install vmware tools)

After u logged in u should be on your desktop

Now since u recently installed Kali linux the iso is still mounted on the CD-Rom drive, so we need to eject it first before we can mount the VMware tools ISO

Eject the Kali Linux ISO by clicking on Places in the top...

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To install VMware Tools, you must mount the VMware Tools CD image, extract the contents (VMware Tools), and then run the installer.

Note: If VMware Tools is already installed, these steps uninstall and then reinstall VMware Tools. When the product updates, the VMware Tools package is also updated, so an update of the installed version of VMware Tools is required.

Ubuntu or Ubuntu Server with a graphical user interface

To mount the CD image and extract the contents:

Power on the virtual machine. Log into the virtual machine using an account with administrator or root privileges. Go to Virtual Machine > Install VMware Tools (or VM > Install VMware Tools).Note: If you are running the light version of Fusion, a version of Workstation without VMware Tools, or VMware Player, you are prompted to download VMware Tools before they can be installed. Click Download Now to begin the download. Open the VMware Tools CD mounted on the Ubuntu desktop. Right-click the file...
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VMware tools is the free set of utilities in one package called VMware tools for the Virtual Machines. VMware tools contains multiple drivers for the guest os to enhance performance. VMware tools is the suite which optimizes the performance of the guest operating system inside the virtual machine. If VMware tools is not installed in the Guest OS in VM you will face some of lacks in accessing the guest operating system.

So let’s check how to install VMware Tools in Windows Virtual Machine Step by Step:-

Step 1:
Login to vSphere Web Client.

Step 2:
Choose VM’s & Templates.

Step 3:
Choose your Windows Virtual Machine & click on Summary as shown.
You will get Warning that VMware Tools is not installed on this virtual machine so click on Install VMware Tools on the Right Side.

Step 4:
Prompt will appear for VMware Tools ISO Mount into virtual machine. Click Mount button.

Step 5:
Open your...

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How-to Install VMware Tools in Ubuntu if you're new and don't know the basic Linux commands? Just follow this article and the video. In this video you'll see the two approaches of installing VMware Tools in Ubuntu based systems. First of all, the demo video from VMware KBTV shows the process while running the Ubuntu VM through VMware Fusion, so the process of mounting the VMware Tools is slightly different when using the vSphere client, but the rest of the process is the same. The second part video shows the steps needed to install VMware tools in Ubuntu Server based VM.

I really like the KB videos produced by VMware KBTV because

they're really good and can help out people starting with virtualization

. And installing VMware tools is not obvious when you're new to this. For more experienced users this does not bring much knowledge, I know, but the're not targeted. The article is here to help new people. The video uses Ubuntu desktop 12.04 while the latest...

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In this article I will show you how to install VMware Tools on an Ubuntu Virtual Machine. I am using Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark for the demo. But it should work on other version of Ubuntu as well. Let’s get started.

First update the package repository cache of your Ubuntu operating system with the following command:

The package repository cache should be updated.

You can’t use Open VM Tools and VMware Tools together. If you have Open VM Tools installed, you can remove it with the following command:

$ sudo apt-get remove --purge open-vm-tools open-vm-tools-desktop

It should be removed along with the configuration files.

Now you have to install build-essential package of Ubuntu. This package contains everything required to compile and build a program (usually C/C++) on Ubuntu.

Run the following command to install build-essential on Ubuntu:

$ sudo apt-get install...

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Learn to install VMware tools in Linux guest machine like RedHat, Suse, Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS etc. Article includes screenshots, commands and complete installation log.

Even cloud market is bursting now a days, many corporations still prefer to have in-house Infra virtualization using technologies like VMware. Wide variety of Operating systems can be hosted on virtual machines created under it.

Linux servers like Red Hat, Ubuntu, Suse, Fedora are hosted on VMware infra. After fresh installation you will see warning under VMware console that VMware tools are not installed on your guest machine. Like below :

VMware Tools is not installed on this virtual machine!

It is not mandatory to install these tools but recommended to have them on guest machine so that host and guest can communicate properly. As a result, your vmware console has more power, visibility over your guest machine.

In this article, we will walk thorugh steps on how to install vmware...

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VMware player is a free virtualization software which can be used to run multiple operating systems without disturbing or modifying the host operating system (the operating system you physically installed in your machine). Recently, we have shown you how to install Ubuntu in VMware and to enjoy its full potential, you need to install VMware tools.

Actually, VMware tools are installed by VMware player automatically, but sometimes VMware may fail to install those essential tools due to reasons like crashing, network connectivity, etc. If your Ubuntu guest doesn’t come with VMware Tools installed, here is how you can get it done.

Setting up a guest operating system inside a host operating system using VMware is relatively easy, but managing and scaling the installed guest operating system is totally a different issue. The important thing that VMware tools does is that it will integrate your guest operating system with the host operating system so that you can do all...

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The following sections describe how to install VMware Tools:

Don't Forget VMware Tools

It is very important that you install VMware Tools in the guest operating system.

With the VMware Tools SVGA driver installed, Workstation supports significantly faster graphics performance.

The VMware Tools package provides support required for shared folders and for drag and drop operations.

Other tools in the package support synchronization of time in the guest operating system with time on the host, automatic grabbing and releasing of the mouse cursor, copying and pasting between guest and host, and improved mouse performance in some guest operating systems.

The installers for VMware Tools for Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, and NetWare guest operating systems are built into VMware Workstation as ISO image files. (An ISO image file...

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VMware Tools for Linux Guests

On a Linux guest, you can install VMware Tools within X or from the command line

Installing VMware Tools within X

You can install VMware Tools within X using the .tar installer in a terminal window. See Installing VMware Tools from the Command Line with the Tar Installer.

To install VMware Tools from X with the RPM installer:

1. Choose VM > Install VMware Tools.

The guest operating system mounts the VMware Tools installation virtual CD.

2. Double-click the VMware Tools CD icon on the desktop.

Note: In some Linux distributions, the VMware Tools CD icon may fail to appear when you install VMware Tools within an X windows session on a guest. In this case, you should continue installing VMware Tools as described in Installing VMware Tools from the Command Line with the Tar...

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VMware tools are not required to be installed in any guest operating system that has been virtualized by VMware. However, 99% of all VMware users do install vmware tools. Let me tell you why.

VMware tools provide the following:

Improved video performance Mouse synchronization with the host operating system so that you don‘t have to keep releasing your mouse from the guest to go back to the host Improved mouse performance Copy and paste between the host and guest

VMware tools is approximately a 6Mb application (when installed, not on disk) that is installed in the GUEST OS directly. Neither the VMware console nor the host OS are required to participate in the installation.

Installing the VMware tools in a guest OS is a little different for the different OSs you might run. For example, it can be more complex in Linux than in Windows. Installing these tools in any of the current Windows OSs is very easy. In this article, I will show you how.

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Updated: December 27, 2008

In this article, I will teach you how to install VMware Tools in your virtual machines, so that you can increase the performance of your guest operating systems and use advanced features that VMware products offer.

Unfortunately, it turns out that this seemingly trivial procedure is not as simple as it sounds and has caused quite a bit of pain for many users. Having received a few emails from troubled readers, I decided to write this tutorial.

This article applies to VMware Server and Workstation products. The choice of the host is not important. We'll demonstrate the installation of the VMware Tools both for Linux and Windows guests.

In the next article, we'll talk about VirtualBox and Guest Addons. For much more information about virtualization, I most warmly recommend you read my entire Virtualization section. Let's rock.

Install VMware Tools for Windows guest

This means you...

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Installing VMware Tools is part of the process of creating a new virtual machine, and upgrading VMware Tools is part of the process of keeping your virtual machine up to current standards. Although your guest operating systems can run without VMware Tools, many VMware features are not available until you install VMware Tools. When you install VMware Tools, the utilities in the suite enhance the performance of the guest operating system in your virtual machine and improve the management of your virtual machines.

For information about creating virtual machines, see the documentation for the applicable VMware product.

The installers for VMware Tools are ISO image files. The CD-ROM in your guest operating system detects the ISO image file. Each type of guest operating system, including Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, has an ISO image file. When you select the command to install or upgrade VMware Tools, the virtual machine’s first virtual CD-ROM disk drive temporarily...

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VMware Tools is a suite of utilities that enhances the performance of the virtual machine’s guest operating system and improves management of the virtual machine.

Although the guest operating system can run without VMware Tools, many VMware features are not available until you install VMware Tools. For example, if you do not have VMware Tools installed in your virtual machine, you cannot use the shutdown or restart options from the toolbar. You can use only the power options.

If you are using VMware Fusion, Player, or Workstation, you can use the Windows Easy Install or Linux Easy Install feature to install VMware Tools as soon as the operating system is finished installing.

The installers for VMware Tools are ISO image files. An ISO image file looks like a CD-ROM to your guest operating system. There is an ISO image file for each type of guest operating system, including Windows, Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, and NetWare. When you select the command to install or...

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