Installing VMware Workstation 14 Pro on Ubuntu 17.04 | 17.10

VMware Workstation 14 Pro was just recently released. This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install it on Ubuntu 17.04 | 17.10. If you’re ready this post, then you probably know a thing or two about VMware Workstation Pro.

For those who don’t, it’s a virtualization software that 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. This is a powerful software and I’d recommend every technical professional to obtain a copy to use to create test environments where applications and other software settings can be tested.

To install VMware Workstation 14 on Ubuntu desktop, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Register for an account.

Before you can download a copy of VMware Workstation Pro, you must first register for a free account. You can do that by following the link below.

Step 2: Download VMware Workstation 14 Pro for Linux

Login to your account, then go to the Download page and select the Linux version of the software and download. Your browser by default automatically saves the content into your ~/Downloads folder.

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Step 3: Make the Downloaded File Executable

Now that you have downloaded the file, the next step is to make it executable. By default it is not. Run the commands below to make the downloaded file executable.

sudo chmod +x ~/Downloads/VMware-Workstation-Full-14*.bundle

Step 4: Install Dependencies

Run the commands below to install dependencies.

sudo apt-get -y install gcc make linux-headers-$(uname -r) dkms

Step 5: Execute the Installer Wizard

Now that the file is executable, run the commands below to execute the installer wizard.

sudo ~/Downloads/VMware-Workstation-Full-14*.bundle

Follow the on-screen wizard until you have successfully installed VMware Workstation 14 Pro

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Please enter the user that will initially connect to Workstation
Server. Without setting this correctly, you will not be able to share
VMs with other users. Additional users and administrators can be
configured later in Workstation by selecting "Shared VMs" and clicking
"Permissions". [richard]:

Please choose a directory for your shared virtual machines.
[/var/lib/vmware/Shared VMs]:

Please enter the port to use for https access to Workstation Server.
(HTTPS port:) [443]:

Enter license key. (optional) You can enter this information later.:

The product is ready to be installed. Press Enter to begin
installation or Ctrl-C to cancel.

Installing VMware Workstation 14.0.0
[######################################################################] 100%
Installation was successful.

That’s it!

After installing, open your application menu and launch VMware Workstation for Linux

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10 Replies to “Installing VMware Workstation 14 Pro on Ubuntu 17.04 | 17.10”

  1. Thats NOT it. I you would truy install and use VM Workstation 14 under Ubuntu 17.10, you would know that after installation there is a problem with memory allocation (vm is unable to allocate memory). U can create Virtual Machines, but you cannot start them. Modifications in code are mandaroty. Additionally performance is horrible,

  2. If vmplayer workstation does not start on Ubuntu 17.10, try running the following command first:
    sudo vmware-modconfig –console –install-all

  3. Hi, i am facing problem with installing vmware workstation on kali linux.
    the problem is that after 50% install it starts deconfiguring and uninstall it.

  4. Any recommendations for resources on how to setup a new macOS virtual machine after VMware has been installed on my Linux machine?

  5. Thanks for posting this! Smart move using the environmental variable “$(uname -r)” to ensure folks are pulling down the correct version. For those who found this page from a search engine, it also works for installing VMware Workstation 15 Pro on Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS (Bionic Beaver) and can be executed after the install of VMware Pro.

  6. Hi,
    For some reason when I get to the point of sudo ~/Downloads/VMware-Workstation-Full-15*.bundle it says cmmand not found. What might I be doing wrong.

  7. I figured this out by the way. instead of sudo, run the installer like a bash script. I guess it is. i.e. ./~/Downloads/VMware-Workstation-Full-15*.bundle

  8. It should be
    “` sudo sh ~/Downloads/VMware-Workstation-Full-14*.bundle “`
    Instead of
    “` sudo ~/Downloads/VMware-Workstation-Full-14*.bundle “`

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