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Install VMware Tools in Kali Linux

How to Install VMware Tools in Kali Linux? Kali Linux is most commonly used inside of VMware Work Station and Player, one of the best virtual machine manager program for Penetration Tester and Network Administrators that creating the testing Lab. For Kali Linux WMware is better then the other Virtualization software. It has the ability to drag and drop files directly to virtual machine and using PnP devices with out any problems. These functions are not work correctly until you have install the VMware tools or drivers on Kali Linux.

So this is about How to install VMware tools and integrate the Kali Linux virtual machine with the host Windows 8.x or another Windows operating system. To install Kali Linux read “How to Install Dual Boot Windows and Kali Linux?” if you don’t know the installation.

Kali Linux Desktop
Kali Linux Desktop

While you are loges in as root user to Kali Linux, mount the VMware tools to Kali Linux and extract it.

Mount VMware Tools in Kali Linux
Mount VMware Tools in Kali Linux

The VMware tools auto open the contents of VMware tools. You can see all VMware tools contents.

Install VMware Tools in Kali Linux - Technig
Install VMware Tools in Kali Linux – Technig

Now copy the VMware Tools to the desktop with drag and drop or through command line. I using cp command to copy the file.


root@Technig:~# ls /media/
cdrom cdrom0
root@Technig:~# cd /media/cdrom
root@Technig:/media/cdrom# ls
manifest.txt       VMwareTools-9.9.0-2304977.tar.gz      vmware-tools-upgrader-64     vmware-tools-upgrader-32
root@Technig:/media/cdrom# cp VMwareTools-9.9.0-2304977.tar.gz /root/Desktop/

The file coped successfully. Now try to extract the file with tar command line extractors tool.

VMware Tools Distrib - Technig
VMware Tools Distrib

root@Technig:~# cd Desktop/
root@Technig:~/Desktop# ls
root@Technig:~/Desktop# tar -xf VMwareTools-9.9.0-2304977.tar.gz
root@Technig:~/Desktop# ls
VMwareTools-9.9.0-2304977.tar.gz        vmware-tools-distrib 


The task accomplished and go to VMware-tools-distro folder and run the file.

VMware-tools setup files for Linux
VMware-tools setup files for Linux

root@Technig:~/Desktop# ls
VMwareTools-9.9.0-2304977.tar.gz     vmware-tools-distrib 
root@Technig:~/Desktop# cd vmware-tools-distrib/
root@Technig:~/Desktop/vmware-tools-distrib# ls
bin doc etc FILES INSTALL installer lib
root@Technig:~/Desktop/vmware-tools-distrib# ./

When the installer launch, it will be asked some yes/no questions during the installation about what features you want to install, answer all these questions however you want.

WMware Options for Kali Linux - Installation process
WMware Options for Kali Linux – Installation process
Install VMware Tools for Linux
Install VMware Tools for Linux

After the installation has completed successfully, once restart the Kali machine to start using the new added options that VMware tools allows you.


  1. nowroz ali says

    Hello Sir
    in Kali linux Opt i wanted to ask u what is the role of WMare Tools?
    Thank You!

  2. nowroz ali says

    what is the usege of VMware tools

    1. Shais says

      Hi Nowroz Ali,
      This VMWare tools will install Kali Linux drivers and integrate it with your system and devices.

  3. Enigma says

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    1. Shais says

      Thanks Enigma
      I saw your blog, it is great with valuable articles. Keep it up.

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