Installing VMware Tools in Ubuntu

VMware Tools is designed to optimize the guest operating system with the basic and also improves the performance of the virtual machine. This tool is used in the program VMware Workstation. As you know, this software is available for use on computers running Ubuntu. Users of this platform who are faced with the need of the installation of VMware Tools, we offer two methods of implementing the tasks described in this article.

Install VMware Tools in Ubuntu

Unfortunately, by default the mentioned component is not included with machine virtualization, which each user adding a guest OS must install required files the easy way that he can. Such ways there are two, each of which will be most useful in a certain situation. Let’s take a closer look at each of them.

Method 1: Manually adding libraries

First touch on the topic of manually adding the VMware packages in Ubuntu system. Useful this option is for those users who have no Internet access on the computer. Therefore, the packages can be downloaded, for example, on a flash drive from another device, and then add them to the desired PC. We recommend you to download the files only to their official store to avoid viruses.

To download the VMware Tools packages for Ubuntu c official website

  • Click on the above link to get into official repository of files VMware. Select a directory “Ubuntu”.
  • If your processor is running kernel i386, click on the appropriate directory, otherwise, go to “binary-amd64”.
  • In the opened folder are all the necessary components for normal operation of machine virtualization. Download here a set of tools. However, if you don’t need anything else, just click on the file to begin its automatic download.
  • Unzip and install the files easier through the console, clicking on the location, but sometimes users are not aware of the path to the parent folder of the object. In case of need find out this information via the file Manager. To do this, open the home folder and navigate to the location where you placed the files VMware Tools.
  • Click on the PCM files and select “Properties”.
  • In the tab “General” notice on a Parent folder. Remember this path.
  • Run “Terminal” in any convenient way, for example, through the menu or by pressing hot key Ctrl + Alt + T.
  • Click on the familiar way using standard commands by typing cd /home/user/folder, where user is the user name and folder — name of the root directory with the archive.
  • Now you know about a simple way navigate to the parent directory. Let it run the system update repository, in the future do not get any errors with compatibility files. Mount command sudo apt-get update, press Enter and enter the password to grant root access.
  • Once you have downloaded the update the system on a more global level by typing sudo apt-get dist-upgrade.
  • When prompted to install packages, select option D.
  • Some updates take effect only after rebooting the PC, therefore, enter sudo shutdown-r now.
  • After reboot install Ubuntu important additional components that are added along with the updates via the command sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname-r).
  • Similarly, as in one of the previous steps, confirm the add packages by specifying the version , Etc.
  • Again, navigate to the parent folder of the archive as it was shown above, and extract VMware Tools to the root system directory “tmp”by writing sudo tar xvfz vmware-tools-distrib.tar.gz -C /tmp/where vmware-tools-distrib.tar.gz — the name of the archive. Sometimes it can vary, so carefully follow the spelling to avoid problems with decompression.
  • Run the installation already unpacked instruments through sudoperl /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib/
  • Once the installation is complete restart your PC: sudoshutdown -r now.
  • Now you can safely run a virtual working station, go to work with additional operating system, making sure that the necessary additions were added successfully. As you can see, this method is quite effective but not the easiest and would be useless to certain users who have network access, so we advise you to contact more easily with the second method.

    Method 2: Installation via VMware Workstation

    All users who are interested in the installation of auxiliary instruments, the computer is already installed software VMware Workstation guest OS. The software developers added the ability to add VMware Tools directly through its interface. The downloading of all necessary components is done through the Internet, and then starts the automatic installation. To start this operation, use the following:

  • Using the console install Build-Essential to build packages, if this utility in the system are not yet available. For this there is the command sudo apt install build-essential.
  • After its activation you will need to enter the root password. Remember that written so the characters never appear in the string.
  • Open the application menu and launch VMware Workstation by clicking on the appropriate icon.
  • Open the pop-up menu for the VM and select “Install VMware Tools”. Displays the installation Wizard tool. Follow the instructions, specifying the appropriate options, and when you are finished, close the program.
  • Restart the computer and you can start working with the second operating system.
  • The above two options should help to cope with the task without any problems. However, some users have problems with the lack of certain system components Ubuntu. Then comes to the aid of the official documentation of the platform. You need to carefully examine the displayed notification, to understand what utility is missing, then consult the documentation for the search team, which will help to install these tools. In addition, do not neglect specified in the instructions a command for adding updates and tools to build packages, even if you are sure that everything required is already present on the PC.


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