How to Install VMware Tools in Ubuntu 19.04 / 18.10 / 18.04 / 17.10 / 17.04 / 16.10

In this article, we will examine how to install VMware Tools on a Linux virtual machine installed in the VMware Workstation program.

How to Install VMware Tools in Ubuntu 19.04 / 18.10 / 18.04 / 17.10 / 17.04 / 16.10

How to Install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 19.04 / 18.10 / 18.04 / 17.10 / 17.04 /  16.10

After installing Ubuntu with VMware software, you need to install the VMware Tools software to use the Ubuntu virtual machine more efficiently and transfer files to the host computer.

When you install the Windows operating system with VMware Workstation, it is easy to install the VMware Tools software on the Windows virtual machine. But this can be a bit difficult on Linux-based operating systems such as Ubuntu, Debian, Linux Mint, or openSUSE.

To install VM software on Ubuntu, make sure that the CD/DVD device is installed on the virtual machine. This method is the easiest way to install VM Tools.

In the previous article, we reviewed how to install Linux/Ubuntu with VMware. In this article, we’ll examine step by step how to install VMware Tools on a virtual machine running on VMware.

VM Tools for the Ubuntu virtual machine can also be installed over the Internet using the Terminal. However, we recommend that you use the installation files in the VMware program.

Other Linux distributions are the same as the VM software installation steps. You can install this additional software on Ubuntu 16.10 / 17.04 / 17.10 / 18.04 / 18.10 and Ubuntu 19.04 by following the steps below.

How to Build/Update VMware Tools in Linux

To install the VM Tools step by step for the Ubuntu virtual machine installed on VM Workstation, follow the steps below in sequence.

   Step 1

After running Ubuntu on Workstation/Player, you’ll see a message at the bottom of VM Tools. Click the Update Tools to start the installation.

Update Tools

   Step 2

If a CD/DVD device is not installed on the Ubuntu virtual machine, you will get an error as in the image below. To resolve this issue, turn off the virtual machine and then insert the CD/DVD device.

Adding a CD / DVD Device

   Step 3

After restarting the Ubuntu virtual machine, click Update VM Tools or Install VM Tools from the VM menu.

Update VM Tools

   Step 4

Before installing it, you will see a warning as in the image below.

Mounting a Virtual CD / DVD Device

   Step 5

After clicking VM / Install VM Tools, the VM Tools ISO image will be mounted to the CD/DVD device automatically.

VMware Tools ISO image

   Step 6

Copy all the files you extracted to the folder.

Copying Files

   Step 7

Create a new folder on the Ubuntu desktop. Then, paste the files that you copied into the folder.

Paste Copied Files Into New Folder

   Step 8

Open the Terminal in the folder you have extracted.

Opening the Terminal in Ubuntu

   Step 9

To extract the Tar.gz file to the folder, follow the tar -xvzf VMwareTools-10.1.6-5214329.tar.gz command.

tar -xvzf VMwareTools-10.1.6-5214329.tar.gz

tar -xvzf VMwareTools-10.1.6-5214329.tar.gz

   Step 10

The configuration files were extracted from the ISO image to the vmware-tools-distrib folder.


   Step 11

Go back to Terminal and execute cd vmware-tools-distrib.

cd vmware-tools-distrib

cd vmware-tools-distrib

   Step 12

Execute sudo ./ -d to start the installation of virtual machine tools.

sudo ./ -d

sudo ./ -d

   Step 13

Type your root password and press Enter.

Writing the Root Password

   Step 14

After you type your user password, the installation will start. The -d command applies the default settings.

Using the -d Command to Confirm Default Settings

   Step 15

Installation completed successfully!

VMware Tools Installed in Ubuntu

   Step 16

You can restart the virtual pc to make the settings active.

Restarting Your Linux Computer

   Step 17

You can verify that vmware tools are installed from the image below.

VM / Reinstall VM Tools

VM Tools Installation for Linux / Ubuntu Virtual Machine ⇒ Video 1

You can watch the video below to build VMware tools software on the Linux Guest machine step by step, and also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us.

Virtual Machine Tools Installation Video

Installation of VM Tools on Ubuntu 18.10 / 19.04 ⇒ Video 2

After you install Ubuntu 18.10 / 19.04 with VMware, there is a screen resolution problem every time you restart the virtual machine.

This is due to the incorrect installation of VM Tools.

To fix Ubuntu 18.10 screen resolution, you can watch the video below to install the correct virtual machine tools.

VM Tools Installation Video

   Final Word

In this article, we’ve reviewed how to install VMware Tools on a Linux distribution. Thanks for following us!

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