How to install VMware Workstation or Player on Ubuntu?

Even though installing VMware is not a difficult task, however, users who are not familiar with Ubuntu might get intimidated. So, here is how to install VMware Workstation or Player on Ubuntu?

VMware is an application that allows the users to run another operating system inside their pre-existing operating system. Although there are many other virtualization software, still the users are split between VirtualBox and VMware.

Recently in the number of VMware users has been increased, thanks to its reliability and performance. Reports about VMware being faster and more reliable are getting more and more.

Anyway, here in this tutorial we will show you how you can install a VMware workstation on your Ubuntu.

System Requirement

In order to run VMware properly, your computer should have the following requirements:

CPU: 1.3 GHz 64-bit Processor (2 GHz is recommended)

RAM: 2 GB of Ram (4 GB is recommended)

Storage: Depends upon the guest operating system being installed on VMware. However, it is mandatory to have at least 150 MB of free storage for the app.

Installing VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu

install vmware workstation on ubuntu
how to install VMWare workstation on ubuntu

Since we are going to perform the installation on a Linux Distro, so we will need to run a few commands. Please don’t get intimidated by the commands, as they are easy and simple to perform.

First, you must install the build dependencies. Open the terminal and execute the following command:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install build-essential linux-headers-generic

In order to install the latest version of VMware from their official site (you can also download from us), use the following command to use wget to download the installation bundle:

wget --user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:60.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/60.0

Once the download is done, run the following command to make the installation file executable:

chmod +x getplayer-linux

Next, run the installer and follow the instruction on ubiquity (installation wizard).

sudo ./getplayer-linux --required --eulas-agreed

The installation may take several minutes depends on your computer, during the installation progress information will be displayed in the terminal.

{ Extracting VMware Installer…done.

Installing VMware Player 16.1.0

    Configuring…

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

Installation was successful. }

Once the installation is done you can go on and open the VMware Workstation.

vmware on ubuntu
VMware on ubuntu

To launch the VMware, open dash home and search for “VMware Workstation Player” and click on the icon.

Upon opening VMware will display two options: Enter a license key to allow commercial use or Use VMware Player 16 for free for non-commercial use.

Click on the second option if it’s not being used for commercial purposes and click on Finish to continue.

And that’s it. Now you can run your favorite operating system inside your Ubuntu on VMware workstation or player. If you got confused in any of the steps or are stuck in any step, please comment below. I will get to you as soon as possible.

Related: How to use Full Screened Ubuntu on VirtualBox?

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