How to install VMware Workstation Player (.bundle file) in Linux

VMware Workstation Player (formerly Player Pro) is available for free download and installation for personal use. When downloaded, the installation package comes with the file name ‘VMware-Player-12.1.0-3272444.x86_64.bundle‘ or something similar depending upon the latest version available. The bundle is not a simple debian (.deb) package and so nothing happens when you double-click or right-click on it.

To install the VMware Workstation Player, you need to use the sh command.

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Let’s get started.

Launch terminal

Use ‘cd’ command and probably ‘ls’ command to propogate to the folder where the VMware bundle file is downloaded. Typically, it should be the ‘Downloads’ folder in your user profile.

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After propagating into the folder, use the sudo sh command to initiate the VMware installation process. Replace the name before .bundle with what you have.

sudo sh VMware-Player-12.1.0-3272444.x86_64.bundle

Installation process should begin after keying in your administrator password.

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