Fedora 14 on VMware – How to Install VMware Tools on Fedora 14

After publishing a post with VirtualBox, I wanted to install latest Linux OS on VMware workstation or player. Installation is very easy and simple. You can refer earlier post. The problem is VMware tools installation.  Latest VMware products support only up to Fedora 13. This post shows how to install VMware tools on Fedora 14 to get better performance and increase screen resolution size.

Unfortunately ‘easy install’ did not detect the correct OS version as expected. So, do a manual installation and complete it.

After OS installed and rebooted, now time to install tools.

1) First need to update required packages. Make sure virtual machine has direct internet with download access.

Open the terminal and log in as root,


yum update

It will download and install so many packages. Wait and restart the virtual machine.

2) After rebooted, type,

yum install gcc make kernel-devel perl kernel-PAE-devel

If you are not using 32 Bit version, then remove the “kernel-PAE-devel” in above command.

Again this will take some time to download and install.

3) Now, select ‘Install VMware tools’ in Virtual machine menu. This will mount the built-in ISO file.

4) Lets create a temporary folder somewhere to keep the VMware tools installer from mounted ISO file. For example, I’m creating under /mnt

Log in as root, type,

mkdir /mnt/tmp

5) Make sure you can access the CD ROM and see the following files.

VMware Tools on Fedora 14

6) Lets extract the tar.gz file to /mnt/tmp by following command.

cd /mnt/tmp

tar zxpf /media/VMware Tools/VMwareTools-8.4.4-301548.tar.gz

7) Look for extracted files under /mnt/tmp
VMware Tools on Fedora 14
8.) Now run the command to execute the tools installation.


Press ENTER for default options. Restart and enjoy the new features, including multiple screen resolution size and Unity mode.

Fedora 14 on VMware

I think till we get an updated version, we have to stick with this method.

Let me know if this method is useful for you or any difficulties.

I got this idea originally from this post.


  1. miro100 says

    this is ok
    we r all did this but there are a big problem!!!!
    the screen limits is unknown for the mouse pointer as xorg11 driver is newer and vmware know nothing about it so every time in full screen you point to the up area for the main menu in fedora14 panel it may conflicted with control area of vmware control area and if you didn’t notice and click the button you may minimize the vmware work station at all so we need a new vmware tools support the new shipped driver of xorg11

  2. Surya L says

    Hi Dinesh,

    Thanks for the tip..but have you managed to make sound working in fedora 14.

    I am using vmware workstation 7.1.2 build-301548 on Windows 7 32bit..I am having similar kind of problem in Ubuntu 10.10 also…

    i don’t remember the exact error but something like below”a device id out of range has been used…blah blah”

  3. John Q says

    What is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running
    kernel? [/usr/src/linux/include]

    I haven’t gotten around this yet…..

  4. Greg says

    I tried this as well but I’m trying it with the latest version of Workstation 6.5 (not 7) and the vmware-config-tools.pl is different than the lines specified by David.

    First you have to run the vmware-install.pl

    Be careful to respond “no” when asked if you want to run /usr/bin/vmware-config.tools.pl, if you answer yes you’ll loop on the prompt for the shared library.

    edit the vmware-config-tools.pl

    Lines 2737/38 in the workstation 6.5 version. Just change the word linux to generated. Save it then run it.

    Now it’s just next next next…. Reboot and voila!

  5. luis says

    Me sirvio mucho la explicacion para la instalacion de vmware tools en
    fedora 14 Live Security ahora los probare en los demas spins de

  6. Aleem Rajpar says

    Thanks. I’ve been struggling with installing VMware Tools with Fedora 14 (under BOTH VMware Player, and VMware Workstation). I had MUCH better luck in trying to do the same with Ubuntu 10.10 – their “easy-install” feature worked like a charm, and did the VMware Tools installation automatically.

    With the directions provided here, I was able to get VMware Tools working with Fedora 14 under BOTH VMware Player and VMware Workstation.

    THANKS! You saved me even more wasted time :-)

  7. BigDummy says

    Thanks for this great article!

    I’m a total Linux newbie, and I’m actually installing Linux for the first time in VMware player, so I can begin to learn Linux.

    Even though I know literally nothing about Linux, I was able to successfully get the VMware tools installed, using your instructions.

  8. ken says

    this was the best. bfore coming to the site i tried everything i could think of. Thank You.Thank You.Thank You.

  9. Rizwan says

    when I type ./vmware-install.pl
    the follwing error occurs
    bash: ./vmware-install.pl: /usr/bin/perl: bad interpreter: No such file or directory

  10. says

    This was the best. I searched a bit to find a way to do this and your step by step was by far the easiest to understand!