Should you decide to create your own VMware installation of Kali Linux rather than using our pre-made VMware images, you will need to follow the instructions below in order to successfully install VMware Tools in your Kali installation. You can opt to install either open-vm-toolbox, or the native VMware tools.

Installing open-vm-tools

This is probably the easiest way to get “VMware tools” functionality inside a Kali VMware guest.

apt-get install open-vm-toolbox

Installing VMware Tools in Kali

The latest version of vmware-tools at this date compiles against our kernel, albeit with several warnings. We utilise a set of vmware-tool patches to facilitate the installation.

cd ~
apt-get install git gcc make linux-headers-$(uname -r)
git clone https://github.com/rasa/vmware-tools-patches.git
cd vmware-tools-patches

Next, mount the VMware tools ISO by clicking “Install VMware Tools” from the appropriate menu. Once the VMware Tools ISO has been attached to the virtual machine, copy the installer to the downloads directory and then run the installer script :

cd ~/vmware-tools-patches
cp /media/cdrom/VMwareTools-9.9.0-2304977.tar.gz downloads/
./untar-and-patch-and-compile.sh