How to Share Files Between a Photon OS VM and the VM Host

(The following is adapted from the official Photon OS FAQ.)

How do I transfer or share files between #Photon and my host machine?

Use vmhgfs-fuse to transfer files between Photon and your host machine:

  1. Enable Shared folders in the Workstation or Fusion UI (edit the VM settings and choose Options->Enabled shared folders).

  2. Make sure open-vm-tools is installed (it is installed by default in the Minimal installation and OVA import).

  3. Run vmware-hgfsclient to list the shares.

  4. Next, do one of the following:

    • Mount shared folders:

    vmhgfs-fuse .host:/$(vmware-hgfsclient) /mnt/hgfs

    (Note: The above doesn’t work with more than one shared folder. Since I only had a handful, I just enumerated the ones I wanted to share.)

    mkdir /mnt/hgfs/share1 /mnt/hgfs/share2 /mnt/hgfs/share3
    vmhgfs-fuse .host:/share1 /mnt/hgfs/share1
    vmhgfs-fuse .host:/share2 /mnt/hgfs/share2
    vmhgfs-fuse .host:/share3 /mnt/hgfs/share3
    
    • or, add the following line(s) to /etc/fstab and reboot

    .host:/ /mnt/hgfs fuse.vmhgfs-fuse <options> 0 0

    (Note: Likewise, enumerate the individual desired shares in the fstab file)

    .host:/share1 /mnt/hgfs/share1 fuse.vmhgfs-fuse <options> 0 0
    .host:/share2 /mnt/hgfs/share2 fuse.vmhgfs-fuse <options> 0 0
    .host:/share3 /mnt/hgfs/share3 fuse.vmhgfs-fuse <options> 0 0
    

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