Should you decide to create your own VMware installation of Kali Linux rather than using the pre-made VMware images available at Kali Linux official site, you will need to follow the instructions below in order to successfully install VMware Tools in your Kali installation. You can opt to install either open-vm-tools, or the native VMWare tools.
This is probably the easiest way to get “VMWare tools” functionality inside a kali VMWare guest.
apt-get install open-vm-tools
This should be sufficient, but if you are feel that this was way too easy, then you are up for an adventure. Without knowledge of cli, what follows might look like a nightmare.
Installing VMware Tools in Kali
If open-vm-tools does not work for you, or if you prefer using native VMWare tools, begin by installing some packages that are required by the VMware Tools installer:
Next, mount the Vmware tools ISO by clicking “Install VMware Tools” from the appropriate menu. Once the VMware Tools ISO has been attached to the virtual machine, we mount the drive and copy the VMware Tools installer to /tmp/.