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Install VMware Tools in Debian 7.3

This article will go through the simple steps required to install the ESXi Vmware tools onto a debian 7 guest.

1. The first step is to install debian’s compiling tools and kernel headers for the current running kernel.

aptitude install build-essential

aptitude install linux-headers-$(uname -r)


2. Mount the VMware tools CD by going to the guest menu and selecting “Install VMware tools”.


3. Mount the CD

mount /dev/sr0 /mnt/


4. Extract the archive to the local tmp folder.

tar xfzv /mnt/VMwareTools-9.0.5-1065307.tar.gz –C /tmp


5. Change to the extracted directory

cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib


6. Run the script to build the needed kernel modules.



7. The script will ask you various questions as the install progresses. Just press enter to accept the default choices, unless you desire to change it.


8. Reboot the virtual machine and check that the vmware tools are now listed as running by vmware.


One response to “Install VMware Tools in Debian 7.3

  1. James A 25/06/2014 at 12:03 AM

    Much easier – enable contrib in sources.list, apt-get install open-vm-dkms.

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