VMware Tools is a set of services and components that enable several features in various VMware products for better management and seamless user interactions with guest operating systems.

VMware Tools Lifecycle Management provides a simplified and scalable approach for installation and upgrade of VMware Tools. It includes a number of feature enhancements, driver-related enhancements, and support for new guest operating systems.

Open VM Tools (open-vm-tools) is the open source implementation of VMware Tools for Linux guest operating systems. For the latest copy of the Open VM Tools source code, see GitHub.

For vSphere deployments, VMware provides operating system specific packages (OSPs) as a packaging and distribution mechanism for VMware Tools. For more information, see VMware Operating System Specific Packages.

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The VMware Tools document in HTML reflect the latest VMware Tools update release of each major VMware Tools version. All our documentation comes in PDF format, which you can access by selecting the Download PDF icon PDF download icon on any page in the HTML documentation.

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