How to Install VMware Tools in Debian 9.9 on VMware Workstation

In this article, we will examine how to setup VMware Tools on a Linux / Debian 9.9 virtual machine installed with VMware Workstation.

How to Install VMware Tools in Debian 9.9 on VMware Workstation

How to Setup VMware Tools in Debian 9.9 on Virtual Machine

After setting up the operating systems on the virtual machine with VMware software, you absolutely need to build VMware Tools.

Let’s briefly explain what is VMware Tools (Open VM Tools) and what does it do. VM Tools is a program that enables the created VM to use the hardware resources of the physical computer. When VM Tools installed, you can use the VM more efficiently. For example, you can use the virtual computer in full-screen mode and exchange files with the host computer.

You can copy files from the physical computer to the virtual pc with the Drag and Drop method. As another example, you can run and use USB 3.0 devices on a machine.

In our previous articles, we implemented the setup of Windows, Linux and, MacOS operating systems using VM Workstation 14 Pro virtualization software.

How to Install Open VM Tools on Debian VM

After you have installed Debian 9 on virtual machine, follow the steps below to setup the VM Tools, respectively.

   Step 1

After building Debian 9 on VMware Workstation 14/15, please follow the steps below to setup VM software in your machine.

VM / Install VMware Tools

   Step 2

Double-click on the .tar.gz file.

VMwareTools.tar.gz File

   Step 3

After the folder opened, click the Extract button.

Extract VMwareTools.tar.gz

   Step 4

Double-click to display the Distrib folder.

Viewing Distrib Folder

   Step 5

Click Right Button / Open in Terminal to open Terminal in the folder.

Open in Terminal

   Step 6

To start the setup, execute the following commands on the Terminal respectively.

  1. su
  2. Type in your root password.
  3. Use the ls command to view the files in the folder.
  4. .Execute the command ./
  5. Type Yes to start the installation and press Enter.
  6. Complete the VMware Tools setup by answering questions again.

Contine to Install

   Step 7

To continue the installation, please answer the questions in the terminal as in the following image.


   Step 8

After the VM software setup on Debian 9.9 has successfully completed, execute the command below to restart the machine.

shutdown -r now

shutdown -r now

   Step 9

After Debian 9 VM restarts, you can use VM in full-screen mode.

Full Screen

How to Setup VM Driver Pack on Debian 9.9 ⇒ Video

You can watch the video below to setup VM software on a VM virtual machine running VM Workstation, and you can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us.

Debian VM Tools Setup Video

   Final Word

In this article, we have installed the VMware Tools software, which is a necessary process after the Debian installation with the VM virtualization program. Thanks for following us!

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