How to Install Vmware Tools on Centos 7

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How to Install Vmware Tools on Centos 7

In this tutorial i will show you how to install vmware tools in centos 7. Installing vmware tools in your centos 7 guest OS will increase performance and compatibilty , there are some benefit installing vmware tools in your centos 7:

  • Synchronization of the guest OS clock with the virtualization platform
  • Enables the virtual infrastructure to perform graceful power operations (shut down) and file system quiescing of the virtual machine
  • Provides a heartbeat from guest to the virtualization infrastructure to support vSphere High Availability (HA)
  • Publishes information about the guest OS to the virtualization platform, including resource utilization and networking information
  • Provides a secure and authenticated mechanism to perform various operations within the guest OS from the virtualization infrastructure
  • Accepts additional plug-ins that can extend or customize OVT functionality


This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, root user or non-root user account with sudo privileges set up on your virtual server.

Step 1 – install using yum

sudo yum install open-vm-tools

Step 2 – start vmtoolsd service and enable at boottime

systemctl start vmtoolsd.service
systemctl enable vmtoolsd.service

Congratulations, you have successfully install vmware tools on centos 7.