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

How to Install VMware Tools in Ubuntu 18.10/18.04/17.10/17.04/16.10? – After you install Ubuntu with VMware Workstation, you need to install VMware Tools to use the Ubuntu virtual machine more efficiently and transfer files to and from the host computer.
How to Install VMware Tools in Ubuntu 18.10/18.04/17.10/17.04/16.10?

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

It is easy to install VMware Tools software on Windows virtual machine when you install Windows operating system with VMware Workstation. But this can be a bit difficult for Linux based operating systems like Ubuntu, Debian, Linux Mint or openSUSE.

Make sure the CD/DVD device is installed on the virtual machine for installing VMware Tools on Ubuntu. This is the easiest way to install VMware Tools.

In the previous article, we installed Ubuntu 16.10 with VMware. In this article, we will discuss how to install VMware Tools on an Ubuntu virtual machine running on VMware.

VMware Tools for the Ubuntu virtual machine can also be installed over the Internet using the Terminal. However, we recommend setting up VMware Tools in the VMware Workstation.bundle file.

The steps for installing VMware Tools are the same in other Linux distributions. Follow the steps below to install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 18.10 / 18.04 / 17.10 / 17.04 / 16.10.

How to Install VMware Tools on Ubuntu Step by Step?

Follow the steps below to install VMware Tools step by step for the Ubuntu virtual machine installed on VMware Workstation.

   Step 1

After running Ubuntu on VMware, you will see the bottom message that VMware Tools is not installed. Continue by clicking the Update Tools button to start the Ubuntu VMware Tools installation.

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

   Step 2

If the CD/DVD device is not installed on the Ubuntu virtual machine, you will get an error like the one below. To solve this problem, close the virtual machine and then insert the CD/DVD device.

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

   Step 3

After restarting the Ubuntu virtual machine, click on Update VMware Tools or Install VMware Tools in the VM menu.

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

   Step 4

To install VMware Tools, you will see a tip like the one below.

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

   Step 5

Once you click Update/Install VMware Tools, the VMware Tools ISO image will automatically be added to the CD/DVD device.

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

   Step 6

Copy the files in the VMware Tools CD image.

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

   Step 7

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

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

   Step 8

Run Terminal in the VM Tools folder.

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

   Step 9

To extract the tar.gz extension folder, run tar -xvzf VMwareTools-10.1.6-5214329.tar.gz.

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

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

   Step 10

For Ubuntu VMware Tools installation, the files have been extracted into the VMware-tools-distrib folder.

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

   Step 11

Switch back to the terminal and execute cd vmware-tools-distrib.

cd vmware-tools-distrib

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

   Step 12

To start Ubuntu VMware Tools installation process, run sudo ./vmware-install.pl -d.

sudo ./vmware-install.pl -d

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

   Step 13

Write your root password and press Enter.

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

   Step 14

After typing your password, the installation will begin. The -d command here applies the default settings.

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

   Step 15

VMware Tools installation on Ubuntu has been successfully completed!

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

   Step 16

You can restart the Ubuntu virtual machine for the settings to take effect.

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

   Step 17

You can verify that VMware Tools is installed on Ubuntu from the image below.

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

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  Final Word

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