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Open Virtual Machine Tools

The Open Virtual Machine Tools (open-vm-tools) are the open source implementation of VMware Tools.

Almost all of the current Linux distributions carry this version of VMware Tools in their repositories. This is also the preferred version of VMware Tools over what might be bundled with VMware's products.

You will also find this on other open source operating systems such as FreeBSD.

The Open Virtual Machine Tools project aims to provide a suite of open source virtualization utilities and drivers to improve the functionality and user experience of virtualization. The project currently runs in guest operating systems under VMware hypervisors.

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Install on Debian / Ubuntu

On a server:

sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools 

On a desktop:

sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools open-vm-tools-desktop

Install on CentOS / RedHat

On a server:

sudo dnf install open-vm-tools 

On a desktop:

sudo dnf install open-vm-tools open-vm-tools-desktop

Installing X11 driver:

sudo dnf install xorg-x11-drv-vmware

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