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.


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:


Download Options for VMware Tools