How To Install Open VMWare Tools on Centos 7

This tutorial intends to show you how to Install Open VMWare (Open-VM) Tools (OVT) on Centos 7.

Introduction To Open VMWare Tools

Open-VM tools (OVT) is an open-source implementation of VMware tools. The same as VMware tools, OVT is a suite of virtualization utilities that improves the performance, functionality, administration, and management of virtual machines (VMs) running within the VMware vSphere environment.

It has kernel modules for enhancing the performance of VMs running Linux or another VMware-supported Unix like guest OS.

With OVT you’ll be able to perform graceful shutdown, authentication for guest OS operations, and generation of the heartbeat from guest to host (so VMware High Availability can determine if the guest OS is up and running or not).

Open VMWare Tools is also responsible for clock synchronization between guest and host, as well as quiescing of guest file systems which is needed for filesystem-consistent guest snapshots.

VMware Tools are, as you know, VMware proprietary implementation of tools which does provide the same (or better) implementation of functions you need for your VMs.

The benefits of Open-VM Tools:

  • Installed out of the box
  • Easier patching
  • Small footprint
  • A compatibility matrix is not needed

Steps To Install Open VMWare Tools on Centos 7

To complete this guide, you must log in to your server as a root or non-root user with sudo privileges. To do this, you can follow our guide on Initial Server Setup with Centos 7.

At this point, you can easily use the single following command to install Open-VM Tools:

yum install open-vm-tools -y
  open-vm-tools.x86_64 0:11.0.5-3.el7_9.4

Dependency Installed:
  fuse.x86_64 0:2.9.2-11.el7            fuse-libs.x86_64 0:2.9.2-11.el7
  libmspack.x86_64 0:0.5-0.8.alpha.el7  libtool-ltdl.x86_64 0:2.4.2-22.el7_3
  libxslt.x86_64 0:1.1.28-6.el7         pciutils.x86_64 0:3.5.1-3.el7
  xmlsec1.x86_64 0:1.2.20-7.el7_4       xmlsec1-openssl.x86_64 0:1.2.20-7.el7_4


Next, you need to reboot your Centos 7 server:


That’s it, you are done.

For more information, you can visit the VMWare Docs.


At this point, you have learned to Install Open VMWare (Open-VM) Tools (OVT) on Centos 7.

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