How to Install VMware Workstation Player 15 on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 | 18.10

VMware Workstation Player is a free ( for personal use only) virtualization solution that enables users to create and run multiple guest machines simultaneous on a single host computer….

These guest machines can then be configured to run multiple operation systems like Windows, Linux and MacOS…

VMware Workstation Player is non open source, and free for personal use only… If you’re going to be using it in a commercial environment, you may have to purchase a license…

If you’re looking for an open source virtualization software, you may want to look at VirtualBox… If you still want to use VMware Workstation Player, then continue below to learn how to install it…

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 16.04 / 17.10 and 18.04 LTS desktop..

Step 1: Install Needed Packages

Before VMware Workstation Player, you must install some required Ubuntu packages… to do that, run the commands below

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gcc build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)

Step 2: Download VMware Workstation Player

After installing the packages above, go and download VMware Workstation Player from its download page below

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/downloads

You may use the commands line to download and install it… Run the commands below to download and install VMware Workstation Player…

cd /tmp
wget https://www.vmware.com/go/getplayer-linux

Step 3: Install VMware Workstation Player

After downloading above, run the commands below to install VMware Workstation Player….

chmod +x getplayer-linux
sudo ./getplayer-linux

When you run the commands above, the installation wizard should launch and guide you through the process… During the installation, you’ll be prompted to enter a license key to enable to activate the software… you can skip for now and purchase a license key later…

VMware Workstation Player used to be free, but apparently not anymore… You must purchase a license to use this production after the trial period is over.

Accept the license terms to continue

VMware Workstation Player Ubuntu install

Accept to update on start and continue

VMware Workstation Player Ubuntu install

Skip the license key page to use the product for non-commercial use…. If you’re going to be using it in a commercial environment, you should purchase a licence key and enter it here or do it after installtion the program….

VMware Workstation Player Ubuntu install

Finally, click Install to begin the installation..

VMware Workstation Player Ubuntu install

After installing, go to the Activities overview and search for VMware Player, then click to open…

VMware Workstation Player

Enjoy!

This is how to install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu desktop.

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