How to Install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu Linux

This post shows students and new users steps to install and use VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu Linux. VMware Workstation Player is a cross-platform virtualization software that allows you to run multiple guest machines (virtual machines) simultaneously on a single host computer.

Although VMware Workstation Player is free for personal use only, it’s not an open source software. If you’re looking for an open source virtualization software, then you might want to try VirtualBox.

If you’re going to use VMware Workstation Player in a commercial environment, you will have to purchase a license. Commercial users can also use VMware Workstation Pro which offers more features than the Player.

If you’re a student or new user learning Linux, the easiest place to start learning is on Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu is the modern, open source Linux operating system for desktop, servers and other devices.

For more about VMware Workstation Player, please check its homepage.

When you’re ready to install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu Linux, follow the steps below:

For better performance, your system must meet the following requirements:

  • 1.3GHz or faster 64-bit CPU.
  • 2 GB RAM memory minimum/ 4GB RAM or more recommended.

How to install packages on Ubuntu Linux

In order to install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu, you must first install supporting packages and build dependencies.

To do that, run the commands below.

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

How to download and install VMware Player

After installing the packages above, go and download VMware Workstation Player from its download page and install it. The link below gets you there.

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

Alternatively, run the commands below to download the latest version of VMware Workstation Player on the terminal console.

cd /tmp
wget --user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux x86_64; rv:91.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/91.0" https://www.vmware.com/go/getplayer-linux

After downloading above, run the commands below to make the package executable and install VMware Workstation Player.

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

In Ubuntu, the installation will be run non-interactively. This means, you won’t have to complete an installation wizard.

After a brief moment, the installation should complete with a success message similar to the one below. Once you see the message below, you’re done.

Extracting VMware Installer...done.

Installing VMware Player 16.1.2

    Configuring...

[######################################################################] 100%

Installation was successful.

After the installation above, go and launch VMware Workstation Player from the Activities Dashboard. Click the Show Application button at the bottom left.

On the apps dashboard, search for and select VMware Player.

Once you click on the app, it will open its Welcome wizard. Accept the license terms to continue

Accept to check for product updates on startup and continue

For personal use, choose to “Use VMWare Player free for non-commercial use“. If you’re going to be using it in a commercial environment, you should purchase a license key and enter it here or do it after installation the program.

Click Finish

After that, VMware Player console should open ready to start creating guest machines.

The first thing you’ll want to do is update VMware Player components. To do that, click File and select Player Preferences.

On preferences screen, click Download All Components Now button. Wait for all guest tools to finish download before creating VMs.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to install and use VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu Linux. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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