Install VMware Tools on VMware Workstation Ubuntu 17.10 Guest

VMware Tools are suite of utilities that enhances the virtual machine’s operating systems and improves the management of the machine. When you install a new operating system on a VMware virtual machine, your first task should be to install the VMware Tools.

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install this tool on a virtual machine running Ubuntu 17.10 operating system. These are some of the benefits you get when you install the tool on Ubuntu guest machine.

Tight integration between the host and virtual machine operating systems, improvement to the VM graphics performance, Shared folder between the host and guest machines, copying and pasting of text, images and files between the host and guest machine as well as mouse improvement.

So, VMware Tools is pretty important to have on the guest operating system.

To install the VMware Tools on Ubuntu virtual machine operating systems, select the VM from WMware Workstation application menu and click Install VMware Tools…

VMware Guest Tools

This should mount a virtual CD/DVD drive inside the Ubuntu guest machine. When that happens, run the commands below to extract the content from the CD/DVD drive to the /tmp drive by running the commands below.

tar -xvf /media/$USER/"VMware Tools"/VMwareTools*.gz -C /tmp

Next, run the commands below to install the guest tool using the default configuration.

sudo /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib/ -d

VMware Tools suites of utilities are the official tools for VMware Workstation guest machines. However, there’s an opensource version that also works with Ubuntu as well. But it’s won’t provide you the same features and compatibility you’d get with VMware Tools.

The Opensource Version

Alternatively, you can install the opensource version of VMware Tools… however, I’ve found that the official tools are better for VMware Workstation’s guest machine operating systems. You can test it out to see if it works in your environment.

To install the tool, run the commands below:

sudo apt install open-vm-tools open-vm-tools-desktop

Restart the guest machine and you’re set.


Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed VMware Tools on Ubuntu guest machine.

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