Install VMware Workstation Player on Ubutu 17.14 / 17.10

VMware Workstation player (formally VMware Player) is an alternative to VMware Workstation Pro. They both are built from the same platform, however, Workstation Player has limited features than Workstation Pro and cost way less when you compare both.

Workstation Player is perfect for students, home users and those who need a small sandbox environment for testing and control. For those who don’t know, virtualization software allows technical professionals to install and run multiple x86-based Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems simultaneously on the same host machine.

You can create and run guest operating systems inside a window of the host computer. For example, your Windows  10 computer running other operating systems inside a windows simultaneously.

Step 1: Register for a free VMware account

To download VMware Workstation player package, you may need to register for a free VMware account. To register for a free account, follow the link below.

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

Step 2: Installing VMware Workstation Player

After registering for free account, run the commands below to update and install required packages on Ubuntu.

sudo apt update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade && sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt install gcc make linux-headers-$(uname -r) dkms

After that, go to the link below and download Workstation Player package.

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

After you’ve downloaded the package (normally in your Downloads folder), run the commands below to install Workstation Player

sudo chmod +x ~/Downloads/VMware-Player*.bundle
sudo ~/Downloads/VMware-Player*.bundle

Follow the on-screen instructions and complete the installation. You must accept the licensing terms and agreement before you’ll be able to proceed.

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After that go and launch the program from the Activities overview and enjoy!

VMware Workstation Player

Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed VMware Workstation Player.

Enjoy~

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