How to Install VMware Tools in Kali Linux

In this tutorial, we will learn how to install vmware tools Kali linux.
There is many articles teach you how to install Open-VM-Tools but not the official VMware tools.
for Kali linux 2016 VMware Tools check this video 

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With VMware Tools you will be able to copy file’s and text between guest and host and your screen size will be auto resized
That’s what the most are looking for and here we will help you to make it work.
you will be able to  drag and drop operations
Plus it will enhances the performance of the virtual machine’s guest operating system and improves management of the virtual machine.
Installation Steps for VMware tools

1.first step that you should do before trying to install any software it’s update & upgrade
To do so here’s the commend you need
apt-get update && apt-get upgrade -y
and you may need to add sudo at begin so it will be
sudo apt-get update && apt-get upgrade –y

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2. after we have done the update and upgrade step now it’s time to install Kali Linux 2 headers
Type this command in terminal
apt-get install -y linux-headers-$(uname -r)
sudo  apt-get install -y linux-headers-$(uname -r)

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in some case you can install the VMware tools without even installing the Linux headers and that was my case but to make sure thing will work fine without any problem you should install the Linux headers
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3. In the VM Menu of the VMware Workstation, Click Install VMware Tools.
This will mounts a virtual CD-ROM drive containing the VMware Tools installation files.
4. Click Open With Files on the pop-up menu inside Kali Linux copy the file
VMwareTools-9.9.3-2759765.tar.gz to your guest Desktop
5. open terminal and type those command’s
cd Desktop/


tar -xf VMwareTools-9.9.3-2759765.tar.gz  
make sure the .tar.gz file have the same name as you type it
cd vmware-tools-distrib


perl –d
now it’s installing the VMware tools  don’t do anything just wait till it finish and then reboot your Guest OS.

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Kali Linux
August 21, 2015


  1. how to confirm that is installed ? i can not copy past from host to guest but i can the other way

    1. Try to drag and drop into the guest
      it should work that way , then start to try copying normally

  2. I have a rather stupid problem .... I have a vmware machine that was moto 1.0, and I upgraded to 2.0 rolling. Now I want to install the tools, and I am stymied at every turn. I cannot log in as a guest. Should I add a guest user and password in the root terminal?

    1. there is nothing stupid my friend, there is something we dont know and we want to learn , only smart ppl try to learn :)
      anyway if you want to install the tools why would you try to install it when you login as a guest ? you need to be in root to do that
      and if you want a guest user yes you should add it that way

    2. ok well i can do that but only the other way arround - guest-host

  3. I install the tools correctly but it dont work
    I use kali 0.2 debian 7

    1. try to drag and drop the file from host to guest

    2. same problem!! but it's still not working... ;((


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