How to install VMware Workstation Player in Ubuntu?

Vmware is one of the best virtualization software using which you can create multiple virtual machines and can install different operating systems on each of them. For example, you can install VMware Workstation Player on a Windows machine and create virtual machines to install different distributions of Linux and Windows operating systems.

It comes in two versions i.e. paid and free. The free version is available for non-commercial, personal, and home use.

In this article, I will discuss how to install VMware Workstation Player in Ubuntu.

System requirements

For a smooth installation and usage of VMware Workstations Player on a Ubuntu system, you should have the following –

  • A recent 64-bit version of Ubuntu
  • 4 GB RAM
  • x86_64 CPU, with Intel VT-x/AMD-V/SVM

Installing VMware Workstation Player in a Ubuntu system

Follow the steps that are given below to install and use VMware Workstation Player in a Ubuntu system.

Install required dependencies

Use the following command to install the required build packages –

sudo apt install build-essential

Download VMware Workstation Player package

To download VMware Workstation Player go to the download page on its official website. In the “Try Workstation 16.0 Player for Linux” section click on DOWNLOAD NOW.

vmware player download

Now a file with .bundle extension should start downloading.

Set required permissions on the downloaded file

You need to set executable permissions on the downloaded file, to make it executable open your terminal and run the following command –

chmod +x ~/Downloads/VMware-Player*

Use the correct path to your downloaded file to make it executable.

Installing VMware Workstation Player

Now it’s time to run the installer file to install VMware Workstation Player on your system. Open your terminal and execute the given command –

sudo ~/Downloads/VMware-Player*

This will extract and start installing packages once completed you will see the given message in your terminal.

vmware workstation player installation

Start the VMware Player in Ubuntu

Once the installation is successful search the Vmware in Ubuntu activities dashboard when you see the icon as given in the image below click on it to run the application.

search vmware player

Next, you will be prompted to accept the license select I accept the terms in the license agreement and click on Next.

accept licence vmware

Next, you need to accept the license for the VMware OVF tool for Linux again select I accept the terms in the license agreement and click on Next.

In the next screen it will ask would you like to check for product updates on startup? Choose Yes and click on Next.

vmware customize settings

Next, if you want to join the VMware customer experience program then select Yes and then click on Next.

vmware customer exeperience program

Finally, select Use VMware Player 16 for free for non-commercial use and click on Finish.

enter product key

Now you can see the interface of this application in the given image.

vmware player

Here you can create a new virtual machine or open an existing one.


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