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 distribution files, such as Debian, and can thus be drawn directly from the distribution repository.

open-vm-tools

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

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.

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.[1][2]

  • 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:[3]

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.

VMware Tools

The VMware Tools are usually bundled and provided via ISO files in VMware’s products.:[4]

But currently there is even a hint on using the open-vm-tools when installing the Vmware Tools:

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Download Options for VMware Tools