Sharing files between my Guest Kubuntu OS and Host Windows has become a real headache.

So, far I have done the steps below:


  • VM -> Settings -> Options -> Shared Folders. And added my folder.
  • Installed properly my VMware tools (I can drag and drop files so I am confident that it is installed)


  • Shared the folder with everyone (to assure that there is no permit limitations with my files)

If I type vmware-hgfsclient in my guest OS, the folder I am sharing does appear. But when I check the /mnt/hgfs folder, it is empty.

I have gone through the VMware manual, and I am sure that I have followed their requirements.

I am really out of ideas. Does any one have a suggestion?


I had this exact problem. It turned out IT had installed some old version of VMWare tools with non-functioning vmhgfs kernel module.

My solution was to run the configuration with the clobber-kernel-modules setting to overwrite the existing vmhgfs module.

 sudo vmware-config-tools.pl -d --clobber-kernel-modules=vmhgfs

The -d selects all the defaults for you (remove it if you don't want the defaults).

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    bingo, I had the same issue, and running the command above solved it. Thanks a bunch. – Waqas Sep 20 '13 at 16:14
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    Just want to mention that this worked for me with OSX as host, vmware Fusion running CentOS 6.4 – Kev Nov 29 '13 at 11:58
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    Perfect! Worked for me with OSX as host and VM runnig Ubuntu 14.04 – pjvds May 2 '14 at 12:18
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    command not found error, i am using vmware workstation 12 an ubuntu 15.04 – 151291 Feb 25 '16 at 10:00
  • The -d alone was worth the vote. Didn't know about that. – T.Rob Oct 18 '16 at 15:58

Run this command:

sudo vmhgfs-fuse .host:/ /mnt/hgfs/ -o allow_other -o uid=1000

It will magically show all shared folders in /mnt/hgfs.
(I had Ubuntu 16 VMWare running on a Windows 10 host)

VMware documentation here

  • I noticed sometimes there is a delay (using VMware workstation 14). And sometimes /mnt/hgfs is in use. I created a new folder /mnt/shares1 and got instant success. – steampowered Aug 16 at 22:28

mount -t vmhgfs .host:/share /mnt/hgfs/ where host is the host you are connecting to share is the share name and /mnt/hgfs is the mount point for the share in your system.

vmware-hgsclient will show you the available mounts, you still need to mount them with vmware-hgfsmounter or using the mount command above described.

If that does not work check if the module vmhgfs is loaded lsmod | grep "vm."

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    It gave me this answer. Host in share name must be ".host". Error: share name is invalid, aborting mount. vmhgfs is not loaded, how can I load it? Thanks. – Peretz Nov 2 '11 at 16:53
  • mkdir /mnt/hgfs/ – Martin Zeitler Feb 27 '13 at 5:21

For me, it turned out that vmware-hgfsmounter was not installed (ubuntu 12.10). After installing that module, I was able to mount my share as descibed above

  • I have it installed in /usr/lib/vmware-tools/sbin64, but it still doesn't work for me. – IgorGanapolsky Oct 31 '14 at 14:18

This was working for me on Ubuntu 18.04, but suddenly stopped working sometime in February/March 2019. What was needed to be done, was sudo mkdir /mnt/hgfs, as that directory is being used by the vmware init script.


For me, I installed "Development Tools" and reinstalled VMware Tool. Then I see the shared folder.

Host: Windows 7 Guest OS: CentOS 7

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