Installing VMware Tools in Linux Mint 14


Bill Giannikos


In this guide we will be going through the process of correctly installing VMware Tools in Linux Mint 14. This guide assumes you have already installed VMware Workstation, have installed Linux Mint 14 as a guest and have installed all the latest system updates for the guest.

In this guide we will be using VMWare Workstation 9.0.2.

Installing VMware Tools

Preparing your system

To begin, unmount and eject any CD/DVD currently connected to your guest.

Installing the tools

Now in VMware Workstation go up to the VM menu item and then select “Install VMware Tools…”. You will now see a window open in the guest however we do not need it so it can be closed.

We now need a terminal window to enter a few commands. Click to Menu at the bottom left of your guest, type in terminal and click on the Terminal program.

We now need to install the required building packages. In the terminal type in the following:

sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-generic gcc make

The last line here may ask for your password, type it in and press enter. Then answer Yes to any questions asked.

Next type in the following lines:

cd /tmp
sudo mkdir /tmp/vmware
sudo umount /dev/sr0
sudo mount -o ro /dev/sr0 /tmp/vmware
tar -xzvf /tmp/vmware/*tar.gz
cd vmware-tools-distrib
sudo ./ -d

The last line here may ask for your password, type it in and press enter. The VMware Tools will now be installed.

After the installation has completed reboot the computer and VMWare Tools will be activated.


VMware Tools is now installed and your guest is fully configured to run as a virtual machine.

installing_vmware_tools_in_linux_mint_14.txt · Last modified: 2018/12/19 02:19 by
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