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Command Line Application

VMware Workstation includes a separate application, vmrun, for operating teams or virtual machines from the command line.

To launch the vmrun application, from the command prompt, enter:

vmrun COMMAND [OPTION]

Valid vmrun commands and options are described in the following table:

Command

Description

Option

list

Lists all running virtual machines.

None

start

Start a virtual machine

Path to .vmx file

stop

Stop a virtual machine or team.

Path to .vmx file (virtual machine)

or

Path to .vmtm file (team)

reset

Reset a virtual machine or team.

Path to .vmx file (virtual machine)

or

Path to .vmtm file (team)

suspend

Suspend a virtual machine or team.

Path to .vmx file (virtual machine)

or

Path to .vmtm file (team)

upgradevm

Upgrade a virtual machine to the current Workstation version.

Path to .vmx file

Note: Before running this command on a Windows host, you must do one of the following:

  • Change your working directory to the VMware Workstation directory. The default location is:
  • c:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Workstation

  • Add the VMware Workstation directory to the system path. On Windows 2000 and XP, this setting is changed from
  • Control Panels > System > Advanced > Environment Variables > System variables > Path

    Examples for vmrun

    For example, to start a virtual machine:

  • In a Linux terminal, enter
  • vmrun start /usr/local/VMs/<virtual_machine_name>.vmx

  • On the Windows command line, enter:
  • vmrun start c:\My Virtual Machines\<virtual_machine_name>.vmx

    With virtual machines that require input through a VMware Workstation dialog box, vmrun may time out and fail. To disable Workstation dialog boxes, insert the following line into the .vmx configuration file for a virtual machine:

    msg.autoAnswer = TRUE

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