How to Install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 13.10 Guest

Last updated: July 6, 2013

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to install the VMware Tools for Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander Guest machine.

VMware Tools is a suit of drivers and utilities that enhances both the performance of the virtual machine and interaction between the guest and the host. It’s not required to be installed, but most of VMware users do install.

When I was installing Ubuntu 13.10 guest on VMware Player, the esay install failed to automatically install Vmware Tools. So here’s how to do it manually!

To get started, boot the guest system on your host and follow the steps below:

1.) Get the command prompt by Ctrl+Alt+T, then run below command to install required packages first:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)

2.) Click on VM or Manage -> Install VMware Tools …. You’ll be prompt to download VMware Tools CD image if need.



3.) After the downloading finish, create mount point and mount the CD image:

sudo mkdir /media/cdrom && sudo mount /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom

4.) Go to that directory and copy the source package:

cd /media/cdrom && cp VMwareTools-*.tar.gz ~/

5.) Extract this package:

cd && tar -zxvf VMwareTools-*.tar.gz

6.) Finally, run the command below to begin the installation:

sudo ./vmware-tools-distrib/

Choose the default for all questions. When done, restart and enjoy!


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6 responses to How to Install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 13.10 Guest

  1. And thats will not work, because there are a lot of bugs due to some incompatibility in vmware tools kernel modules sources.

    • Hi cody!
      Can you explain me how install VMware Tools? I repeated the installations more times but at the restart of the virtual machine they stopped to work.

      Best Regards,
      Mattia Adducchio

  2. Doesn’t work for me.

  3. cd /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/build/include/linux
    sudo ln -s ../generated/utsrelease.h
    sudo ln -s ../generated/autoconf.h
    sudo ln -s ../generated/uapi/linux/version.h

    sudo ./vmware-tools-distrib/

    Then Unity works :)

    • Error was:
      Enter the path to the kernel header files.
      The path “” is not a valid path.

      and the installation of vmware-tools failed.