How To Install VMware Tools To The Linux Debian, Ubuntu, Kali, Mint, Fedora, CentOS, RHEL Distributions

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VMware is one of the best virtualization company. Especially in the desktop based virtualization it provides far more features than its competitors. VMware provides some tools to make virtualization experience more smooth. These tools are called VMware Tools. In this tutorial we will look how to install these tools into Linux distributions like Debian, Ubuntu, Mint, Kali but this will work for Fedora, CentOS, RHEL too.

Mount Tool ISO into VM

VMware tools file or iso is provided over internet or with the VMware products like Workstations, Esxi etc. In this example we will mount from a VMware Workstation from VM ->Update VM Tools menu like below.

Mount Tool ISO into VM

Mount Tool ISO into VM

Copy and Extract VMwareTools-10.1.6-5214329.tar.gz To Desktop

We need to extract the tools which is in a tar.gz archive. So we will copy the files from cdrom to our desktop with the following command. Where cdrom is located at media

Then we will extract the archive with the tar command like below.

Where all extracted files will be put into directory named vmware-tools-distrib

Install Ifconfig

For Ubuntu, Debian, Mint and Kali distributions vmware tools have dependency for ifconfig command. ifconfig command is not installed for the recent versions of these distributions. We have to install ifconfig in order to complete vmware tools installation without problem.

Start VMware Tools Installation

We will start vmware tools installation by executing vmware-install.pl with root privileges. Root privielges required because of command installation and kernel compilation. The kernel will be compiled with the vmware tools and drivers automatically by this installation procedure.

Start VMware Tools Installation

Start VMware Tools Installation

After this step there will be a lot of questions about installation just push enter to accepts defaults.

 

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