Last Updated: February 25, 2016
· sergiotapia

How to install VMWare Guest Tools on Ubuntu 12.10 and Linux Mint 13.

I'm going to show you how to install VMWare Guest Tools on both Ubuntu 12.10 and Linux Mint 13. It's quite simple and having it installed properly gives you a ton of benefits when working on a virtual machine.

(I work on a Linux Mint 13 virtual machine when doing Rails work - so I need this puppy to be really fast. Almost native speeds.)

  • Go to the VM toolbar menu.
  • Select Install VMWare tools...
  • In your virtual machine, open the mounted drive.
  • Extract the files within the .tar.gz file.
  • Open up a terminal and cd your way to the location of the file.
  • Run the following command: sudo ./
  • When prompted for choices just keep pressing enter if you want the defaults (I know I do).

When you restart your virtual machine everything will be properly installed and configured.

Since Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, these steps apply for both distros.