Fedora 23 documentation covers information on how to install the operating system in a virtual machine. For additional information about the operating system, refer to the instructions included in the installation media.

Fedora 23 documentation includes the following topics:

Workstation Installation Instructions for Fedora 23

These instructions apply to VMware Workstation 12.5 and later.

The easiest method of installing Fedora 23 in a virtual machine is to use the standard Fedora 23 distribution DVD.


Before you begin, verify that the following task is complete:

Read General Installation Instructions for All VMware Products.

Installation Steps for Easy Install

  1. Start VMware Workstation.
  2. Click Create a New Virtual Machine. Choose Typical.
  3. On the Guest Operating System Installation page, choose one of the following:
    • Insert the Fedora 23 DVD disc in the CD-ROM and check Installer disc:.
    • Check Installer disc image file(iso): and click Browse to connect to Fedora 23 DVD ISO image.
  4. Click Next.
  5. On the Easy Install Information page, enter your username and password.
  6. Follow the prompts to complete the New Virtual Machine Wizard.
    The virtual machine powers on and completes the installation automatically.

Installation Steps for Manual Install

  1. Click Create a New Virtual Machine. Choose Typical.
  2. On the Guest Operating System Installation page, click I will install the operating system later.
  3. On the Select a Guest Operating System page, check the Linux operating system.
  4. From the Version drop-down list, select version as either the Fedora or Fedora 64-bit operating system type.
  5. Follow the prompts of the New Virtual Machine wizard, until you reach the Ready to Create Virtual Machine page check settings. Click Customize Hardware.
  6. Select Hardware > CD/DVD (IDE) to set Device status Connect at power on.
  7. In the Connection configuration area, select a connection method:
    • Insert the Fedora 23 DVD disc in the CD-ROM. Set the Connection, select Use physical drive: and click Close.
    • Select Use ISO image file: and click Browse to navigate to the Fedora 23 ISO image.
  8. Click Close and finish the New Virtual Machine Wizard.
  9. Power on the virtual machine to start installing Fedora 23.
  10. Follow the prompts in the wizard to complete the installation.
  11. Restart the virtual machine after the installation completes.

Installing Tools in a Fedora 23 Guest

Use the guest OS provided Open VM Tools or install the VMware Tools, as needed.

Open VM Tools

Open VM Tools is the open source implementation of VMware Tools and consist of a suite of virtualization utilities that improves the functionality, administration, and management of virtual machines on VMware hypervisors. VMware recommends using the Open VM Tools redistributed by the operating system vendors. To use Open VM Tools:

  • Add the vmhgfs Driver
    If you are using host and guest file sharing functionality with Shared Folders in VMware Workstation and Fusion, install the vmhgfs driver in the virtual machine. This driver is not included inbox in the operating system. Installing the additional vmhgfs driver does not disturb the other inbox VMware drivers or Open VMware Tools. To install this driver:
    1. Install Open VMware Tools.
    2. Install the traditional TAR Format VMware Tools that is bundled with VMware Workstation or Fusion products.
  • For additional information, see:

VMware Tools

For information on VMware Tools, see knowledge base article 1014294, General VMware Tools installation instructions, at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1014294

Knowledge Base Articles for Fedora 23

The following link refers to knowledge base articles on operating system specific issues. See VMware Knowledge Base for a list of known issues about the operating system.

VMware Compatibility Guide

The VMware Compatibility Guide Web site lists supported guest and host operating systems and provides related support information.

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