Install VMware tools on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux


The objective is to install VMware tools on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux Vmware virtual machine.

Operating System and Software Versions

  • Operating System: – Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
  • Software: – VMware Workstation 14


Privileged access to your Ubuntu System as root or via sudo command is required.


  • # – requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
  • $ – requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Other Versions of this Tutorial

Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa)


Install Open VMware Tools

The recommended way of installing VMware tools for a Ubuntu 18.04 Vmware virtual machine is to install the native open-vm-tools and/or open-vm-tools-desktop package.

To install VMware tools for your Ubuntu 18.04 desktop, open up terminal within Ubuntu 18.04 virtual machine and execute:

$ sudo apt install open-vm-tools-desktop

For a headless Ubuntu 18.04 server VMware virtual machine installation execute:

$ sudo apt install open-vm-tools

Reboot your Ubuntu system, once the VMware tools installation is finished.

Install Official VMware tools

If from some reason the above Open VMware tools installation do not fit your purpose you can install VMware tools on Ubuntu 18.04 manually.

Install VMware Tools... - Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

Open VM menu item followed by Install VMware Tools...

mount VMware tools virtual drive

Hit Install button to mount VMware tools virtual drive.

VMware Tools DVD virtual drive

Note the VMware Tools DVD icon on your desktop.

Once you have the VMware tools virtual drive mounted open up terminal enter the following linux commands to perform VMware tools installation on your Ubuntu 18.04 host.

$ tar xzf /media/`whoami`/VMware\ Tools/VMwareTools-*.tar.gz -C ~/

To begin the installation execute:

$ sudo ~/vmware-tools-distrib/ 

Follow the wizard to complete the Vmware tools installation. Once ready, reboot your system.