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 vmhgfs"

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 create the following systemd file:

Description=Load VMware shared folders



Make sure that the folder /mnt/hgfs exists:

 # mkdir -p /mnt/hgfs

Enable the mount target with:

 # systemctl enable mnt-hgfs.mount

Enable 3d accleration

To enable 3d acceleration go to Edit virtual machine settings -> Hardware -> Display and enable the checkbox for Accelerate 3D graphics

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]