I would like to have an Ubuntu 14.04 guest autofit the VMware Player 5 window. It works with the VMware provided Tools (if you unpack/setup), but VMware recommends using open-vm-tools, as it is fully supported by them. However, the guest is not autofit then. What am I missing?

Using a clean install of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.


I switched to Ubuntu 16 and to Gnome 3 but the solution may work on 14 as well. (Unity support is being dropped apparently.)

I installed (sudo apt-get install)

  • open-vm-tools and
  • open-vm-tools-desktop (a separate package!)

Then either of these made autoresize and copy-paste work:

  • vmtoolsd -n vmuser or
  • vmware-user-suid-wrapper

Apparently the latter is needed for proper vmblock handling (see this link in the manpages).

I will put the latter in my startup script.

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