I have installed Ubuntu 13.04 in Vmware workstation in my windows7 OS. I installed VMware tools in Ubuntu.

I have configured the shared folders in settings. Using the below command, I am able to get shared folders


But the shared folders are not present /mnt/hgfs

I tried to install Vmware tools multiple time but no luck.


Follow the steps. It worked for me for ubuntu 14.04 LTS running in vmware.

Make sure open-vm-tools is not installed. sudo apt-get remove open-vm-tools

  1. Make sure the updates are done: sudo apt-get update

  2. Make sure git is installed sudo apt-get install git

  3. Run the command to get the tools from repository. sudo git clone https://github.com/rasa/vmware-tools-patches.git

  4. cd to vmware-tools-folder cd vmware-tools-patches

  5. Run the patch sudo ./download-tools.sh

  6. Run the following patch sudo ./untar-and-patch.sh

  7. Run the complie.sh file sudo ./compile.sh

  • It takes some time, but it works! – Eli Mar 15 '16 at 11:44
  • I recently found shorter and simple solution. See below. – Eli Jun 29 '16 at 12:25
  • I did all those steps and it didn't help. I have ubuntu 18.04 on both host and guest – dafnahaktana Oct 15 '18 at 8:56
  • this doesn’t work anymore – borgomeister Nov 11 '20 at 22:20

A good and short solution for me was:

sudo vmware-config-tools.pl

You may be needed to logout&login afterwords.

  • running it: sudo ./vmware-tools-distrib/bin/vmware-config-tools.pl, I get Unable to find the database file (/etc/vmware-tools/locations) – dafnahaktana Oct 15 '18 at 8:57

What problems did you have installing VMWare tools? I had a similar problem. After installing VMWare tools, I followed these instructions: How do I mount shared folders in Ubuntu using VMware tools?

Running the vmware-config-tools.pl ( sudo vmware-config-tools.pl ) again, then rebooting solved the problem. The files are in /mnt/hgfs/[shared folder name]

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