How to Install VMware Tools in Debian 9.9 on VMware Workstation

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

Installing VMware Tools in Debian VM

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 VMware Tools (Open VM Tools) is and what it does. VM Tools is a program that enables the created VM to use the hardware resources of the physical computer. When VM Tools are 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.

How to Install Open VM Tools on Debian VM

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

   Step 1

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

VM / Install VMware Tools

   Step 2

Double-click on the .tar.gz file.

VMwareTools.tar.gz File

   Step 3

After the folder opens, click the Extract button.

Extract VMwareTools.tar.gz

   Step 4

Double-click to display the Distrib folder.

Viewing Distrib Folder

   Step 5

Click the Right Button / Open in Terminal to open the 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 completed, execute the command below to restart the machine.

shutdown -r now

shutdown -r now

   Step 9

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

Full Screen

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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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