How to Install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 20.04

Install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 20.04

In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Before continuing with this tutorial, make sure you are logged in as a user with sudo privileges. All the commands in this tutorial should be run as a non-root user.

The Open Virtual Machine Tools are the open-source implementation of VMware Tools. They are a set of guest operating system virtualization components that enhance the performance and user experience of virtual machines. Once you install it, it will enable several features on the VM, Let’s say you are running Ubuntu Linux on VMware Player and now want to copy-paste or drag-drop files directly from the host machine to guest VM then that is possible after installing Vmware Tools on Linux or Windows.

Install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 20.04

Step 1. First, before you start installing any package on your Ubuntu server, we always recommend making sure that all system packages are updated.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Install VMware Tools on the Ubuntu system.

Installing VMware Tools on your Ubuntu system is straightforward, You can install it by just running the following command:

### Open VM Tools Desktop ###
sudo apt install open-vm-tools-desktop### Open VM Tools Server ###
sudo apt install open-vm-tools### Open VM Tools Dev ###
sudo apt install open-vm-tools-dev

Once complete installation, you need to reboot your PC for the changes to take effect:


After reboot, check for loaded VMware tools modules to confirm the installation:

lsmod | grep vmw

That’s all you need to do to install Open VM Tools on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa. I hope you find this quick tip helpful. For further reading on Install VMware Tools, please refer to their official knowledge base. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.