What do I have to type in the terminal to install VMware tools. I already have it showing up as a cd in the file system. I am new to Linux systems and operating the terminal.


This is an example how it works in VMWare Workstation. There're minimal differences to other versions of VMWare.

1) Mount the VMWare Tools CD.

VM >> Install VMWare Tools

2) Open File Manager and go to VMWare Tools. Extract the VMWareTools-xxxx.tar.gz to a known directory.

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3) Open Terminal and go to the directory of the extracted archive.

cd Directory/vmware-tools-distrib/

4) Run installation

sudo su -c "./vmware-install.pl"

5) After installation enable VMWare Tools and reboot


sudo reboot
  • While this answer is quite old, it showed me what I was doing wrong. I was trying to invoke vmware-user as root, which wasn't working. Thank you. – Renan Lazarotto May 18 '17 at 18:49

To install the updated and open-source version of VMware tools run the following command in the terminal.

sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools open-vm-tools-desktop

Then reboot.


sorry not at home with my elementary install ... so I cannot verify that this package is there ... you could install open-vm-tools (note it is in Ubuntu) ...

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