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.
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.
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.
After restarting the Ubuntu virtual machine, click Update VM Tools or Install VM Tools from the VM menu.
Before installing it, you will see a warning as in the image below.
After clicking VM / Install VM Tools, the VM Tools ISO image will be mounted to the CD/DVD device automatically.
Copy all the files you extracted to the folder.
Create a new folder on the Ubuntu desktop. Then, paste the files that you copied into the folder.
Open the Terminal in the folder you have extracted.
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
The configuration files were extracted from the ISO image to the vmware-tools-distrib folder.
Go back to Terminal and execute cd vmware-tools-distrib.
Execute sudo ./vmware-install.pl -d to start the installation of virtual machine tools.
sudo ./vmware-install.pl -d
Type your root password and press Enter.
After you type your user password, the installation will start. The -d command applies the default settings.
Installation completed successfully!
You can restart the virtual pc to make the settings active.
You can verify that vmware tools are installed from the image below.
VM Tools Installation for Linux / Ubuntu Virtual Machine ⇒ Video 1
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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.
In this article, we’ve reviewed how to install VMware Tools on a Linux distribution. Thanks for following us!