How to Install Vmware Tools on Centos 7


In this tutorial i will show you how to install vmware tools in centos 7. Installing vmware tools in your centos 7 guest OS will increase performance and compatibilty , there are some benefit installing vmware tools in your centos 7

  • Synchronization of the guest OS clock with the virtualization platform
  • Enables the virtual infrastructure to perform graceful power operations (shut down) and file system quiescing of the virtual machine
  • Provides a heartbeat from guest to the virtualization infrastructure to support vSphere High Availability (HA)
  • Publishes information about the guest OS to the virtualization platform, including resource utilization and networking information
  • Provides a secure and authenticated mechanism to perform various operations within the guest OS from the virtualization infrastructure
  • Accepts additional plug-ins that can extend or customize OVT functionality


This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of linux, know how to use the shell, root user or non-root user account with sudo privileges set up on your server.

Step 1 – install using yum

Step 2 – start vmtoolsd service and enable at boottime

Step 3 – check from ESX

If your vmware tools installed properly you will see vmware tools running status in ESX like these below

esx vmware tools


Congratulations, you have successfully install vmware tools on centos 7. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing vmware tools on centos 7


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