CentOS 8 is a great operating system for both desktop and server. In this article, I am going to show you how to install VMware Tools on CentOS 8 workstation/desktop edition. By default, the VMware tools is not available in CentOS 8. So, the full-screen mode is not enabled and it’s not so comfortable to use it.
Actually, the open-vm-tools and open-vm-tools-desktop packages are installed. But, the full-screen mode still not enabled by default. If you are having this issue, please follow the steps below to correctly install and enable VMware Tools in CentOS 8.
Steps to Install VMware Tools in CentOS 8
Step 1. Update CentOS
It is important to update the system before installing Vmware Tools. To do this, simply execute this command in Terminal.
sudo yum update
Step 2. Install Vmware Tools
As far as I know, the open-vm-tools and open-vm-tools-desktop are already installed by default. But, you may want to make sure
sudo yum install open-vm-tools open-vm-tools-desktop
At this point, the full-screen mode still unavailable. So, continue to the next step.
Step 3. Install Xorg X11 Driver
Now lets install the xorg-x11-drv-vmware package. This package is required for full-screen mode etc.
sudo yum install xorg-x11-drv-vmware
Once the installation completes, reboot CentOS 8. Upon reboot your CentOS 8 you should be able to switch to full screen mode.