Note: If your Linux distribution is not RPM-based, has a custom kernel, or is unsupported, use the steps below to compile VMware Tools, otherwise, see Installing VMware Tools in a Linux virtual machine using RPM (1018392).
To install VMware Tools in a Linux guest operating system using Compiler:
- Ensure that your Linux virtual machine is powered on.
- If you are running a GUI interface, open a command shell.
Note: Log in as a root user, or use the sudo command to complete each of these steps.
- Click VM in the virtual machine menu, then click Guest > Install/Upgrade VMware Tools and click OK.
- To create a mount point, run:
- To mount the CDROM, run:
mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
- To copy the Compiler gzip tar file to a temporary local directory, run:
is the VMware Tools package version.
- To change to the tmp directory and extract the contents of the tar file into a new directory called vmware-tools-distrib, run:
- cd /tmp
- tar -zxvf VMwareTools-
- To change directory to vmware-tools-distrib and run the vmware-install.pl PERL script to install VMware Tools, run:
- cd vmware-tools-distrib
- Follow the screen prompts to install the VMware Tools. Options in square brackets are default choices and can be selected by pressing Enter.
- To compile VMware Tools successfully, you need gcc Compiler and Linux Kernel sources provided by your Linux distribution. Consult your Linux distribution documentation for details on how to install these packages.
- It is normal for the console screen to go blank for a short time during the installation when the display size changes.
- Some warnings or errors are normal, like when a files does not exist.
- Depending on the Linux distribution, your network service might restart after installation. VMware recommends that you invoke this command from the console and not remotely.
- If you are running a GUI interface, restart your X Window session for any mouse or graphics changes to take effect.
- To start VMware Tools running in the background during an X Window session, run:
- Depending on your environment you may need to unmount the CDROM. To unmount the CDROM, run:
- Depending on your environment, you may need to manually end the VMware Tools installation. To end the VMware Tools install, click VM in the virtual machine menu, then click Guest > End VMware Tools Install.
- To remove VMware Tools installation packages, run:
- rm /tmp/VMwareTools-
- rm -rf /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib