VMware Operating System Specific Packages (OSPs)

Welcome to the Web Site for VMware Tools Operating System Specific Packages

On this Web site, you will be able to search, browse and download VMware Tools software packaged for select supported Operating Systems. Operating system specific packages (OSPs) are a packaging and distribution mechanism for VMware Tools. These VMware Tools OSPs are packaged using the native package formats and standards, for example, rpm and deb, of the supported guest operating systems.

OSPs are an alternative to the existing mechanism for installing VMware Tools from the VI Client. VMware Tools OSPs allow you to use your Operating System's native update mechanisms to automatically download, install, and manage VMware Tools for these supported Operating Systems. This enables managing VMware Tools from within the guest in the same way as other standard software.

Please note that your usage of the VMware Tools packages found on this Web site is governed by the VMWARE MASTER END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT.

OSPs for VMware Tools are available for ESX/ESXi 3.5 Update 02 and higher platform releases.

OSPs are provided for certain popular operating systems. If the operating system vendor/community provides open-vm-tools, then it is recommended to use open-vm-tools that are provided by vendor/community. VMware will not provide OSPs for operating system where open-vm-tools are available. To learn more about open-vm-tools, see following: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2073803.

The following guest operating systems are supported, however, newer operating system releases are generally only supported on more recent platform releases. For detailed guest operating system support, please see the VMware Compatibility Guide.

Supported guest operating systems

  • Community ENTerprise Operating System (CentOS)
    • 4.0 through 6.x
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
    • 3.0 through 6.x
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • 9 through 11
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • 10 through 11
  • Ubuntu Linux
    • 8.04 through 12.04

To download the Operating System Specific Packages, see the package repository at

For instructions about downloading and installing VMware Tools OSPs, see the VMware Tools Installation Guide for Operating System Specific Packages.

For more information about VMware Tools, see the appropriate version of the Basic System Administration guide at the documentation Web site: http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/

For guest operating system installation instructions, see the Guest Operating System Installation Guide at: http://partnerweb.vmware.com/GOSIG/home.html