You can use a Tar command or RPM installer to install VMware tools on a Linux guest OS with a Tar or RPM.


  • The VMware Remote Console plug-in is installed.
  • The virtual machine is powered on.
  • With an existing installation, delete the vmware-tools-distrib directory before you install. The location of this directory depends on where you placed it during the previous installation (such as, tmp/vmware-tools-distrib).


  1. Click My Cloud.
  2. In the left pane, click VMs.
  3. Select a Linux virtual machine, right-click, and select Install VMware Tools.
  4. Right-click the virtual machine again and click Popout Console.
  5. In the guest operating system, log in as root (su-), mount the VMware Tools virtual CD-ROM image, and change to a working directory (for example,  /tmp.

    Some Linux distributions automatically mount CD-ROMs. If your distribution uses automounting, do not use the mount and unmount commands. You still must untar the VMware Tools installer to /tmp. Some Linux distributions use different device names or organize the /dev directory differently. If your CD-ROM drive is not /dev/cdrom, or if the mount point for a CD-ROM is not /mnt/cdrom, modify these commands to reflect the conventions used by your distribution.

    mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
    cd /tmp
  6. Uncompress the installer and unmount the CD-ROM image.
    If you install an RPM installation over a tar installation, or the reverse, the installer detects the previous installation and must convert the installer database format before continuing.
    Option Action
    In the tar installer At the command prompt, type tar zxpf /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-8.5.1-<xxxxxx>.tar.gz unmount /dev/cdrom where <xxxxxx> is the build or revision number of the release.
    In the RPM installer At the command prompt, type tar zxpf /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-8.5.1-<xxxxxx>.i386.gz unmount  /dev/cdrom where <xxxxxx> is the build/revision number of the release.
  7. Run the installer.
    Option Action
    In the tar installer Type cd vmware-tools-distrib./ Press Enter to accept the default values.
    In the RPM installer Configure VMware Tools, type Press Enter to accept the default values.
  8. After the upgrade is complete, restart the network by running /etc/init.d/network restart.
  9. Type exit.
  10. Start your graphical environment.
  11. In an X terminal, run vmware-toolbox &.