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How to Install And Run VMware Tool in Linux?

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  • Last Updated : 06 Oct, 2021
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Here, we will see how to install and run the VMware Tools in the Ubuntu Linux system. Virtualization means you can use the guest operating system on your main operating system. Sometimes they help you to do some tasks that are not performable to your current operating system, so you also use a virtual operating system, with the help of VMWare.


  • At Least 2Gb Ram (Recommended)
  • 20Gb of space in Hard Drive (Recommended)

Method 1: Using GUI.

Step 1: Download The VMWare WorkStation. First, go to the official VMWare site.

Navigate To : Products -> Workstation Pro -> Workstation Pro


How to Run VMware Tools in Linux Systems

Step 2: Install Some Prerequisite tools.

Some tools are dependencies of the VMWare Workstation, so we want to install them, follow the below steps.

  • Open the terminal and navigate to the download folder.
  • Give root privileges, and type password
sudo su

Step 3: Update packages. 

apt update

Step 4: Install GNU Compiler and Build Essential tool to help with the installation process.

apt install gcc build-essential -y

Step 5: Extract The Downloaded VMWare File & Install

After doing the upper task, extract the download file. Open the terminal and type the below command And give permission and execute it.

chmod 777 [download_file_name]

sudo ./[download_file_name]

Wait until the installation process is done.

Method 2: Using CLI.

Step 1: Update your system with super admin.

sudo apt-get update

Step 2: Now download the Vmware file from the websites.


Step 3: Assign the permission for execution.

chmod a+x VMware-Workstation-Full-16.1.0-17198959.x86_64.bundle

Step 4: Now to the downloaded directory and execute the file.

bash ./VMware-Workstation-Full-16.1.0-17198959.x86_64.bundle

Step 5: Run the VMWare.

# vmware

How to Run Vmware

After installation is complete, search the VMWare icons and click them.

How to Run VMware Tools in Linux Systems

Agree with all agreements and click to next.

They have to ask you to key, click to trial and click to next.

Lastly, they ask you to enter your root password.

How to Run VMware Tools in Linux Systems

You have successfully done VMWare Tools on your Ubuntu Linux operating system, now you can use it

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