Install VMWare Tools on FreeBSD

I noticed that VMware’s documentation on how to install VMware Tools on FreeBSD is badly broken, so here’s the way that I was able to install it.

Install perl5, compat6x

You’ll need to install the pre-requisites by doing the following:

cd /usr/ports/lang/perl5.20 && make install clean
cd /usr/ports/misc/compat6x && make install clean

Add Perl Compatibility

Due to changes to FREEBSD rules, you need to run the following line

ln -s /usr/local/bin/perl /usr/bin/perl

Mount Tools and Installation

Next you’ll need to start the VMware Tools Installation on your FreeBSD VM from ESXi. Once that has been started, log into your FreeBSD VM, and run the following:

mkdir -p /cdrom
mount -t cd9660 /dev/cd0 /cdrom
cd /tmp
tar zxpf /cdrom/vmware-freebsd-tools.tar.gz
umount /cdrom
cd vmware-tools-distrib

Once that is complete, you can stop the VMware Tools installation in ESXi, and ensure the ESXi sees the VMware Tools are Available and Current on the VM. Once that has been verified, you are finished!

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