I upgraded my VMware Ubuntu 18.04 to 18.10. After the upgrade it was working fine until I shutdown and restarted the VM, and now it won't display in full screen.

I followed by installing a fresh copy of 18.10 and at first it was working fine right after install and after reboot the same thing happened.

Any suggestions?


I ran into the same issue on a fresh install of 18.10 on VMWare 15.01. If I manually restarted open-vm-tools after I logged in, everything worked. I tried to reinstall VMWare tools, it didn't help. This did fix it:

Edit this file using your preferred editing tool


Add these lines to the end of the "Unit" section


Save the file and the next time you restart you should be good to go.

You can apply the changes immediately without restarting by running

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo service open-vm-tools restart
  • Worked for me as well for Ubuntu 18.04 after some upgrade. – Guy Avraham Mar 18 '19 at 17:46
  • Works for me. Win10 + VMware WS 15 Player + ubuntu-18.04.2-desktop-amd64 – jahackbeth Mar 29 '19 at 4:21

Create a text file with .sh extension. For example setscreen.sh

Insert the following text and save.

xrandr --newmode "1920x1080"  173.00  1920 2048 2248 2576  1080 1083 1088 1120 -hsync +vsync
xrandr --addmode Virtual1 1920x1080
xrandr --output Virtual1 --mode 1920x1080

Run this .sh file as an executable. Screen should go to 1920x1080.

Use "startup applications" to launch the file at startup.


go to settings > display > specify monitor settings.Then choose the right resolution for your computer.


See here: https://github.com/vmware/open-vm-tools/issues/303

Requires an edit to Unit section of open-vm-tools



Just add the sudo service open-vm-tools restart as command in "Startup Applications", to make it run after system starts.


Delaying the service open-vm-tools to start after the display manager and it seems to work.

~$ sudo vi /lib/systemd/system/open-vm-tools.service

Add under [Unit] the following line:


Reference https://communities.vmware.com/thread/576221

Save the file and reboot. The screen should be able to fit as needed.

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