How To Install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 18.04

In this tutorial we will show you how to install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, VMware is a mature and stable virtualization solution that allows you to run multiple, isolated operating systems on a single machine. When using VMware as the hypervisor, it is important to install VMware Tools in the guest to enhances the virtual machine performance. VMware tools package does not only enhance the performance of a virtual machine but also it improves the interaction between the guest and host operating system. VMware tools add support for shared folders, clipboards, drag, and drop functions. It also enables to synchronize time among the host and guest operating system

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo’ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation VMware Tools on an Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) server.

Install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver

Step 1. First make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt commands in the terminal.

Step 2. Installing VMware Tools on Ubuntu 18.04.

  • Install VMware Tools Using Open VM Tools

If you are running Ubuntu Desktop, to install VMware Tools run:

  • Install VMware Tools from ISO image

VMware itself recommends open-vm-tools for Ubuntu. But for some reason, if you want to install the VMware Tools package that ships with VMware, perform the following steps:

1. Right click on the Virtual machine and click “Install VMware Tools.”.

2. Open the terminal and mount the ISO image to the /mnt directory:

3. Move into the /mnt and extract the VMware Tools package to the /tmp directory:

4. Move into the /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib/ and execute the vmware-install.pl script:

5. Respond to the configuration questions on the screen appropriately.

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed VMware. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing VMware Tools on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official VMware website.

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