How To Install Vmware Tools

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Installing VMware Tools is an essential step when setting up a virtual machine, as it helps to enhance the overall performance and functionality of the VM. In this article, I’ll guide you through the process of installing VMware Tools on a Linux virtual machine, sharing personal insights and tips along the way.

Step 1: Ensure that the VM is Powered On

Before beginning the installation process, it’s crucial to ensure that the virtual machine is powered on and running the operating system you want to install VMware Tools on. Furthermore, make sure that you have administrative privileges within the VM environment.

Step 2: Mount the VMware Tools Installer

Within the VMware console, navigate to the VM dropdown menu and select ‘Guest’ and then ‘Install/Upgrade VMware Tools.’ This action virtually inserts the VMware Tools installer into the VM’s optical drive, making it accessible for installation.

Step 3: Access the Terminal

Next, open the terminal within the Linux virtual machine. This can typically be done by clicking on the terminal icon within the GUI, or by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + T. Once the terminal is open, you can proceed with the installation process.

Step 4: Install Required Dependencies

Before initiating the VMware Tools installation, it’s important to ensure that the necessary dependencies are installed within the Linux VM. This ensures a smooth installation process and prevents any errors. Use the package manager specific to your Linux distribution to install the required dependencies. For example, on Ubuntu, you can use the command sudo apt-get install gcc make perl.

Step 5: Extract and Run the Installer

Navigate to the directory where the VMware Tools installer is mounted. You can use the command cd /media//VMware Tools to access the installer. Once you’re in the appropriate directory, extract the contents of the installer by running the command tar xvf VMwareTools-*.tar.gz. After extraction, navigate to the extracted folder using the command cd vmware-tools-distrib.

Step 6: Run the Installation Script

To begin the installation, run the VMware Tools installation script by executing the command sudo ./ This script will guide you through the installation process, prompting for inputs when required.

Step 7: Complete the Installation

Once the installation script has completed, reboot the virtual machine to allow the changes to take effect. Upon rebooting, VMware Tools should be successfully installed and running within your Linux VM.

Personal Note

Throughout my experience with installing VMware Tools, I’ve found that ensuring the VM is up to date with the latest software patches and updates often leads to a smoother installation process. It’s also important to restart the VM after installing VMware Tools to ensure that all changes are fully implemented. Additionally, if you encounter any errors during the installation, referring to the VMware Tools documentation or community forums can provide valuable insights and solutions.


Installing VMware Tools can significantly improve the performance and functionality of your virtual machine. By following the detailed steps outlined in this guide and considering the personal insights shared, you can streamline the installation process and maximize the benefits of VMware Tools within your VM environment.