In this tutorial, we will show you how to install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 20.04 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. VMware tools package does not only enhance the performance of a virtual machine but also improves the interaction between the guest and host 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 the step-by-step installation of VMware Tools on an Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) server.
- A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
- It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
non-root sudo useror access to the
root user. We recommend acting as a
non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.
Install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa
Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following
apt commands in the terminal.
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade
Step 2. Installing VMware Tools on Ubuntu 20.04.
Run the following commands to install the VMware Tools server:
sudo apt install open-vm-tools
If you are running Ubuntu Desktop, to install VMware Tools run:
sudo apt install open-vm-tools-desktop
Now, restart your virtual machine for the changes to take effect as follows:
Once your virtual machine reboots, you can enjoy all the goodies the Open VM Tools provides on your VMware virtual machine.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed VMware. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing VMware Tools on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official VMware website.