Installing VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to Install VMware Workstation player on Ubuntu.

Few days ago we wrote about virtualization software and how important it is to IT professionals. We also wrote that two big players in this field are VMware Workstation Pro and VirtualBox. VirtualBox cost nothing (free) while VMware Workstation Pro cost upward of $100.

For students who can’t afford VMware Workstation Pro can settle on VirtualBox instead. However, if VirtualBox is not an option, there’s a lighter edition of VMware Workstation Pro called VMware Workstation Player that cost nothing for the free version..

VMware Workstation Player is also a virtualization software that allows you to run multiple guest machines simultaneous on a single host computer. These guest machines can then run multiple operation systems like Windows, Linux and MacOS.

This brief tutorial shows you how to install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu. When you’re done, you’ll able to run other operating systems on Ubuntu host.

Step 1: Prepare Ubuntu

The first step installing VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu systems is to prepare the host computer. This can be done by running the commands below.

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

Step 2: Download VMware Player

Next, go and download VMware Workstation Player. To get a copy of the software, you may have to register for a free account to receive your free license key. Use the link below to register and download copy.

Step 3: Change downloaded file permissions

After the file is downloaded, run the commands below to make it executable. The commands below enables the software to install.

cd ~/Downloads
chmod +x VMware-Player*

Step 4: Install VMware Workstation Player

Finally, run the commands below to install VMware Workstation Player. During the installation, you’ll be prompted to enter a license key to enable paid feature. Don’t worry, you can still run the software without paid features.

Skip the license key option to install the free version. The free version will still allow you to run multiple operation systems. It great for students with no budget or money to purchase the paid feature version.

sudo ./VMware-Player*

Follow the wizard to install the program

vmware workstation player

After installing it, open Ubuntu Unity Dash and launch the program.

This is how to install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu.

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