Installing Arch Linux in VMware (systemd)

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This article describes how to get Archlinux running in a VMWare virtual machine when you're using systemd as SysV replacement.


Please install the open-vm-tools-modules from the Community repository.


Add the VMWare drivers to your mkinitcpio.conf:

MODULES="vmsync vmblock vmxnet3 vmwgfx vmw_balloon vmci autofs4 vmghfs"

Now you have to rebuild your kernel:

# depmod
# mkinitcpio -p linux

Systemd scripts

In the following steps you have to create some systemd scripts so that the vmblock driver can be used successfully.

Create the following files:

# creates the directory which is used by the vmblock driver
d /tmp/VMwareDnD 1777 root root
Description=Mount the vmblock device

Description=Mount the vmblock device



Then you have to enable the mount point in systemd:

 # systemctl enable proc-fs-vmblock-mountPoint.automount

VMware user suid wrapper

The following script is responsible that you can resize the window of your virtual machine:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=VMWare User Agent
Comment=Enable Unity, DnD, etc.

Disable unneeded drivers

The open-vm-tools-modules package installs a configuration file for the vmxnet driver. Either delete the following file or comment the contents:


To make sure the vmxnet driver doesn't get loaded create the following file:

blacklist vmxnet

Enable shared folders

For shared folders to be working you need to have loaded the vmhgfs driver. Simply add the following line to your fstab:

# enable shared folders
.host:/ /mnt/hgfs vmhgfs defaults,ttl=5 0 0

The shared folders will be mounted in /mnt/hgfs/.

Fix for problems

Mouse not working as expected

If you have the problem that mouse clicks are not registered in some programs you can try the following: edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-evdev.conf and comment out the section with the identifier evdev pointer catchall [xf86-input-vmmouse does not work expected]