Using VMWare Tools or Open-VM-Tools

In 2007, VMware released large partitions of the VMware Tools as open-source software under the name, open-vm-tools (open virtual machine tools). They are now included in many Linux distributions, such as Debian, and can thus be obtained directly from the distribution repository.

Open-VM-Tools

As stated at the beginning of this article the open-vm-tools are present in the software repositories of several Linux distributions. Therefore you can use the package management to install them.

You can check your current installation of the open-vm-tools in the VM general settings.

Using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty) or Debian Wheezy apt-get/aptitude is the preferred way, the package name is open-vm-tools-lts-trusty or simply open-vm-tools.

  • Ubuntu
    • sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools-lts-trusty
  • Debian
    • sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools

Currently there are no restrictions regarding support from VMware:

Eliminates the need to separately install VMware Tools when open-vm-tools is bundled with the operating system because open-vm-tools is a fully-supported open source implementation of VMware Tools.