How-to Install VMware-Tools on a Kali Linux VM

December 31st, 2012 by Regaz

VMware Tools Installation on Kali Linux Guest

The Linux Tutorial Shows You Step-by-Step How-to Install the VMWare Tools on Linux Kali/BackTrack Virtual Machine Desktop.

Just Take the Time of Carefully Looking, Reading and Following the Detailed Instructions and Commands Contained in this Guide.

You need to know that the VMWare Tools Installed and Working will Grant you a More Pleasant Journey with Kali Linux on VMWare…

With the VMWare Tools Installed you will Dispose Also of Shared Folders to Easy Exchange Files with the Host System!

You Find Detailed VMWare-Tools Installation Troubleshooting Link 2 the Article Bottom.

  1. Start the Process of Downloading and Mounting the VMWare Tools CD with:
    • On VMWare Fusion

      Virtual Machine >> Install VMWare Tools

    • On VMWare Workstation

      VM >> Install VMWare Tools

    May be you will need to Wait Until VMWare has Provided to Downloading and Mounting the VMWare Tools CD.
    If after Download the Window with the VMWare Tools Do Not Appear you will Need to Manually Disconnect the CD/DVD in:
    Virtual Machines >> CD/DVD(IDE) >> Disconnect CD/DVD
    and after Re-Starting the VMWare Tools Installation…

  2. Open a Terminal Window
    (Press “Enter” to Execute Commands):

    Installing VMWare Tools Kali Linux Open Terminal
  3. Installing the Required Packages & Kernel-Headers:

    After you follow to Find and Install needed Kernel’s Headers.
    Find Headers:


    If Got “User is Not in Sudoers file” then Look: Solution

    apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)

    In Case you Cannot Find/Install the Kernel Headers Look:

    Kali Cannot Install Headers

    Before starting to install check than kernel’s headers are in the right location:

    ls /usr/src/linux-headers-$(uname -r)

    This should give you an input like this below:

    arch include Makefile Module.symvers scripts

    Now your system should be Ready for VMware Tools installation.

  4. Extracting VMware Tools into /tmp/

    tar xvfz /media/cdrom0/VMwareTools*.tar.gz -C /tmp/
  5. VMWare Tools Installation:

    • Access the Target Directory

      cd /tmp/vmware*
    • Execute Installation Script


      Follow to Accept All the Default Proposed Settings

      Eventually Answer “Yes” to Enable Load New Kernel Modules at Boot.

      VMWare-Tools Troubleshooting Execution Aborted Unable to create symlink

      Solve VMware-Tools Execution Aborted

    This is the Sign of Success!

    Congratulations :)

    Install VMWare Tools on Debian Wheezy 7
  6. VMware Tools Installation Troubleshooting Guides:

    VMWare Tools Troubleshooting
  7. Now to Enable VMWare Tools without Logout
  8. VMware-Tools Installation Guides for Other Linux Distros:

    How-to Install the VMWare Tools on Linux Distros

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