Installing VMware Tools in an Ubuntu virtual machine
This article provides the steps to install VMware Tools in an Ubuntu virtual machine.
Note:Whenever the Linux kernel (operating system) is updated, VMware Tools needs to be reinstalled.
Ubuntu or Ubuntu Server with a Graphical User Interface
- 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 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 name that is similar to VMwareTools.x.x.x-xxxx.tar.gz, click Extract to, and select the Ubuntu Desktop to save the extracted contents.The vmware-tools-distrib folder is extracted to the the Ubuntu Desktop.
To install VMware Tools in Ubuntu:
Go to Applications > Accessories > Terminal.
In Terminal, run this command to navigate to the vmware-tools-distrib folder:cd Desktop/vmware-tools-distrib
Run this command to install VMware Tools:sudo ./vmware-install.pl -dNote: The -d switch assumes that you want to accept the defaults. If you do not use -d, press Return to accept the defaults or supply your own answers.
Enter your Ubuntu password.
Restart the Ubuntu virtual machine after the VMware Tools installation completes.
Ubuntu Server with only a Command Line Interface
- Go to Virtual Machine > Install VMware Tools (or VM > Install VMware Tools).Note: If you are running the light vesion of Fusion, or a version of Workstation without VMware Tools, or VMware Player, you are prompted to download the Tools before they can be installed. Click Download Now to begin the download.
- In the Ubuntu guest, run these commands:
sudo mkdir /mnt/cdromWhen prompted for a password, enter your Ubuntu admin user password.Note: For security reasons, the typed password is not displayed. You do not need to enter your password again for the next five minutes.
sudo mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdromThe file name of the VMware Tools bundle varies depending on your version of the VMware product. Run this command to find the exact name:
tar xzvf /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-<x.x.x-xxxx>.tar.gz -C /tmp/Note: <x.x.x-xxxx> is the version discovered in the previous step.
sudo ./vmware-install.pl -dNote: The -d switch assumes that you want to accept the defaults. If you do not use -d, press Return to accept each default or supply your own answers.
Run this command to reboot the virtual machine after the installation completes:sudo reboot