Open VM Tools (OVT) consists of a suite of virtualization utilities that improves the functionality, administration, and management of virtual machines on VMWare hypervisors. This simplifies the deployment of virtual machines on VMware hypervisors. OVT is a set of services and modules that enable several features in VMware products for better management of guests. This will helps the performance of the guest operating system and improves management of the VM’s.


The package vmwaretools is provided by VMware and is only supported by VMware. Few benefits of using open-vm-tool:

  • The ability to perform virtual machine power operations gracefully.
  • Collect information about the network, disk, and memory usage from the guest.
  • Synchronization of the guest OS clock with the virtualization platform.
  • Provides a secure and authenticated mechanism to perform various operations within the guest OS from the virtualization infrastructure.


Installing the Open VM Tools


After CentOS/RHEL installation, to install Open Virtual Machine Tools you can use the yum command as shown below.

# yum install open-vm-tools 
Loaded plugins: amazon-id, rhui-lb, search-disabled-repos
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package open-vm-tools.x86_64 0:10.1.5-3.el7 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
Dependencies Resolved
 Package              Arch          Version                Repository                               Size
 open-vm-tools        x86_64        10.1.5-3.el7           rhui-REGION-rhel-server-releases        663 k
Transaction Summary
Install  1 Package
Total download size: 663 k
Installed size: 2.1 M
Is this ok [y/d/N]: y
Downloading packages:
open-vm-tools-10.1.5-3.el7.x86_64.rpm                                             | 663 kB  00:00:01     
Running transaction check
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded
Running transaction
  Installing : open-vm-tools-10.1.5-3.el7.x86_64                                                     1/1 
  Verifying  : open-vm-tools-10.1.5-3.el7.x86_64                                                     1/1 
  open-vm-tools.x86_64 0:10.1.5-3.el7                                                                    




Verify the installation of the package using the rpm command.

# rpm -qa|grep -i open-vm*


# rpm -qi open-vm-tools
Name        : open-vm-tools
Version     : 10.1.5
Release     : 3.el7
Architecture: x86_64
Install Date: Mon 18 Dec 2017 10:18:42 AM EST
Group       : Applications/System
Size        : 2166108
License     : GPLv2
Signature   : RSA/SHA256, Tue 28 Mar 2017 10:31:54 AM EDT, Key ID 199e2f91fd431d51
Source RPM  : open-vm-tools-10.1.5-3.el7.src.rpm
Build Date  : Tue 28 Mar 2017 10:24:06 AM EDT
Build Host  :
Relocations : (not relocatable)
Packager    : Red Hat, Inc. []
Vendor      : Red Hat, Inc.
URL         :
Summary     : Open Virtual Machine Tools for virtual machines hosted on VMware
Description :
The open-vm-tools project is an open source implementation of VMware Tools. It
is a suite of open source virtualization utilities and drivers to improve the
functionality, user experience and administration of VMware virtual machines.
This package contains only the core user-space programs and libraries of


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