VMware, i3 and multiple monitors

For a while now I’ve been trying to set up VMware to work with multiple monitors, in a Linux guest. With some windowmanagers it works out of the box without any issue, such as with Unity. I never figured out how to do it with xmonad, and recently I switched to i3 just to try something new. The damn “Cycle multiple monitors” button didn’t work here either. When I tried it, a message popped up saying:

The virtual machine must have up-to-date VMware Tools installed and running.

..which it had!

However, I found a solution! Place the following line in your i3 configuration file, whether it be ~/.i3/config or ~/.config/i3/config:

..and that’s it! Reload your i3 configuration, and now you should be able to press the “Cycle multiple monitors” button and have dual monitors in your VMware guest!

2 thoughts on “VMware, i3 and multiple monitors

  1. Fabian

    Had exactly the same problem. You brought me on the right way, it worked for me with:

    exec –no-startup-id vmware-user-suid-wrapper

    Thank you!

    1. Jorge Enrique Barrera Post author

      Thank you for letting me know. 🙂 I’ll give your solution a try the next time I set i3 up!


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