How to install VMware tools in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS x64

The instructions are pretty much same as for 12.04 LTS, which I described in detail here.

Though to make it complete:

1/ Bootup, login as root, click “Install VMWare tools” from your host machine

2/ mount the ISO:

mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom

you might need to make directory for it first:

mkdir /mnt/cdrom

3/ copy the files from there to temp:

cp /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-*.tar.gz /tmp

4/ unpack it:


tar -xvzf VMwareTools*.tar.gz

5/ do the installation (you can omit -d but then you need to accept default by pressing ENTER key every time):

cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib
sudo ./vmware-install.pl -d

6/ In case the installation fail (asking for gcc that you don’t have) you might need to do this as well:

sudo apt-get install build-essential
sudo apt-cache search linux-headers-$(uname -r)
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)

7/ Profit! 🙂