Installing VMware Tools (Guest Tools)
Installing “Guest Tools”, gives a better user experience with VMware VMs. This is why since Kali Linux 2019.3, during the setup process it should detect if Kali Linux is inside a VM. If it is, then automatically install any additional tools (in VMware case,
open-vm-tools-desktop). The Guest Tools are also pre-installed in the Live image since Kali Linux 2021.3.
Should you decide to create your own VMware installation of Kali Linux (rather than using our pre-made VMware images), and you want to force a manual reinstall of
open-vm-tools (as something has gone wrong), first make sure you are fully updated, then enter the following:
kali@kali:~$ sudo apt update [...] kali@kali:~$ kali@kali:~$ sudo apt install -y --reinstall open-vm-tools-desktop fuse [...] kali@kali:~$ kali@kali:~$ sudo reboot -f kali@kali:~$
Adding Support for Shared Folders When Using OVT
Unfortunately, shared folders will not work out of the box, some additional scripts are needed. Those can be installed easily with
In the Kali Tweaks menu, select Virtualization, then Install additional packages and scripts for VMware. Congratulations, you now have two additional tools in your toolbox!
The first one is a little script to mount the VMware Shared Folders. Invoke it with:
kali@kali:~$ sudo mount-shared-folders
And with a bit of luck, checking
/mnt/hgfs/ you should see your shared folders.
The second script is a helper to restart the VM tools. Indeed, it’s not uncommon for OVT to stops functioning correctly (e.g. such as copy/paste between the host OS and guest VM stops working). In this case, running this script can help to fix the issues:
kali@kali:~$ sudo restart-vm-tools
For older versions of Kali Linux, here is our previous guide.
Updated on: 2023-Mar-14