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

If you want to get VMware Workstation Pro 15 installed on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 and 18.10 systems, the steps below is a good place to start…

VMware Workstation Pro is a virtualization solution that allows anyone to run multiple virtual guest machines on a single host computer simultaneously… These guest machines can then be configured to run multiple operation systems like Windows, Linux and MacOS…

VMware Workstation Pro is non open source, so you’ll need a purchase a license key to use it whether for personal or commercial use..

If you’re looking for an open source virtualization software that’s free to use anywhere, you may want to look at VirtualBox…

However, if you still want to purchase and use VMware Workstation Pro, then continue below to learn how to install it…

This post shows students and new users how to install the latest version of VMware Workstation Pro 15 on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 and 18.10 easily…

Step 1: Install Needed Packages

Before installing VMware Workstation Pro, 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 Pro

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

You may use the commands line to download and install it… Run the commands below to download and install VMware Workstation Pro 15…

cd /tmp
wget -O ~/vmware.bin

Step 3: Install VMware Workstation Pro

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

sudo bash ~/vmware.bin

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 Pro 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 15 Pro

Next, select the user that will initially connect to VMware Workstation Pro… Additional user and administrators can be configured later after successfully installing…

VMware Workstation 15 Pro

On the next screen, select the folder or directory to store the virtual machines files and settings… the default location is usually OK..

VMware Workstation 15 Pro

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 installation the program….

VMware Workstation Pro Ubuntu install

Finally, click Install to begin the installation..

VMware Workstation Pro install

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

VMware Workstation Pro Ubuntu


This is how to install VMware Workstation Pro on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 and 18.10 desktop.

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