How to Install VMware Tools on Debian 8.3 Virtual Machine

In This tutorial we are going to learn how to install VMware tools on Debian Virtual Machine running on VMware workstation. For this tutorial we are using debian 8.3, But this also works for all other Debian Linux releases including Debian 7.

For Debian Linux 8.3 you should install open vm tools instead of standard VMware tools provide by the VMware. So let's how it is done.

First we update the debian package list using apt-get update command.

apt-get update

Then we can install open VM tools on Debian 8.3 using apt-get install command. If you are using Debian 8.3 Desktop environment, install  open-vm-tools-desktop package.

apt-get install open-vm-tools-desktop

If you are using Debian 8.3 without desktop (Minimal Installation) then just install  open-vm-tools package.

apt-get install open-vm-tools

How to Install VMware Tools on Debian 8.3 Virtual Machine

VMware itself recommends to use Open VM tools for debian Linux. If you tried to install VMware tools on debian, you will get the following message.

open-vm-tools are available from the OS vendor and VMware recommends usingn open-vm-tools.

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