How to Install VMware Tools (OpenVM Tools) on LMDE 5

Sometimes you may want to install Linux Mint Debian Edition using a virtual machine. However, you may have realized that communication between the host and the VM machine doesn’t exist. Luckily, many distributions now carry the open-source VM tools that can be used for many of the most popular Virtual Machine products such as VMware.

In the following small tutorial, you will learn how to install VMWare tools on Linux Mint Debian Edition 5 using the command line terminal for users with the Linux distribution installed using a virtualization environment.

Update Linux Mint Debian Edition

Before you begin, use the following terminal command to ensure that your system is up-to-date to avoid any conflicts during the installation.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Install Open VM Tools Package

Next, you will install Open VM Tools on LMDE is straightforward, and the tutorial will demonstrate installing the tools on both server and desktop.

In your terminal, execute the following command.

Install Open VM Tools Desktop:

sudo apt install open-vm-tools-desktop

Install Open VM Tools Dev:

Alternatively, you can install the dev version if needed; however, this would only be required by a small userbase.

sudo apt install open-vm-tools-dev

Once complete, you need to reboot your PC for the changes to take effect, and this can be done quickly while in your terminal.


Verify the Installation

Once back inside, verify that everything is in working order using the following command.

apt-cache policy open-vm-tools*

Example output:

How to Install VMware Tools (OpenVM Tools) on LDME 5

As above, depending on the version you have installed, it should be visible as the highlighted example.

Comments and Conclusion

In the following tutorial, you have learned how to install Open VM Tools on Linux Mint Debian Edition. Overall, Open VM Tools are not needed unless you use a VM Machine for your distribution but come in handy when you need communication between the host and the guest.

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