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How To Install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 22.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, VMware Tools is a suite of utilities that enhances the performance of the virtual machine’s guest operating system and improves the management of the VM. It includes a number of tools, such as a virtual network driver to improve network performance, a time synchronization utility to keep the guest operating system’s clock synchronized with the host, and a utility to improve the display resolution and colors of the 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 the step-by-step installation of the VMware Tools on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 22.04, 20.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or 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 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish

Step 1. Before proceeding with the installation, it’s essential to ensure that your Ubuntu 22.04 system is up to date. Open a terminal and run the following command to update the package lists and upgrade any existing packages:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Next, check if you have any existing installations of VMware Tools or Open VM Tools by running the following command:

dpkg -l | grep open-vm-tools

If the output shows any installed packages related to VMware Tools or Open VM Tools, you may need to remove them before proceeding with the new installation.

Step 2. Installing VMware Tools on Ubuntu 22.04.

By default, VMware Tools is not available on Ubuntu 22.04 base repository. Now run the following command below to install the latest stable version of VMware Tools to your Ubuntu system:

### UBUNTU 22.04 SERVER ###
sudo apt install open-vm-tools

### UBUNTU 22.04 DESKTOP ###
sudo apt install open-vm-tools-desktop open-vm-tools

Alternatively, you can install the developer’s version if needed:

sudo apt install open-vm-tools-dev

Once the installation is complete, restart the VM to ensure that the changes take effect. After the VM has restarted, VMware Tools should be installed and ready to use. You can access the VMware Tools utilities by running the vmware-toolbox-cmd command from a terminal window.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed VMware Tools. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing VMware Tools on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the VMware website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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