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Installing VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu

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Installing VMware Player

VMware Workstation Player is one of the widely used virtualization desktop applications that you can use to create virtual machines. Unlike VirtualBox, it is not an open-source application but is mostly used in the work environment.

In this guide, we shall walk you through installing the VMware Workstation Player on an Ubuntu machine. The personal version is free for non-commercial use, but don’t worry, it packs the same features as the paid business version.

Installing VMware Player on Ubuntu

To begin with, let’s update your Ubuntu PC. Launch the Terminal app and fire the following commands in it.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 1. We need to install the prerequisites: gcc package and build-essential for Ubuntu.

sudo apt install build-essential
Install Recent Build-Essential Package

Install Recent Build-Essential Package

Step 2. Open your favorite web browser and navigate to the official VMware official website.

Step 3. Choose to download VMware Workstation Player for Linux.

Download VM Workstation Player For Linux

Download VM Workstation Player For Linux

Step 4. Save your VMware Workstation Player and press OK.

Save VM Workstation Player

Save VM Workstation Player

Step 5. VMware Workstation Player downloaded successfully.

VM Workstation Player Downloaded Successfully

Downloaded Successfully

Step 6. Move to your download directory.

cd Downloads
Move To Downloads Directory

Move To Downloads Directory

Step 7. Change permissions using the following command.

chmod +x VMware*
Change Permissions For the VM Workstation Player Download File

Change Permissions

Step 8. Run the VM downloaded file.

sudo ./VM*
Install the VM Workstation Player

Install the VM Workstation Player

Step 9. Now from the top left of your desktop, open the Activities Menu.

Open Activities Menu

Open Activities Menu

Step 10. In the search bar, search for the VMware Player and open it.

Open VM Workstation Player

Launch the app

Step 11. Select to accept the license terms for the VMware OVF Tool and click on the Next button.

Accept Terms For the VM Workstation Player 2

Accept Terms

Step 12. Now select if you want to receive updates during the app startup and click the Next button.

Check For the VM Workstation Player Product Update At Startup

Check for updates

Step 13. Choose if you need to participate in the VMware Workstation Player customer experience or not and press the Next button.

Join the VM Workstation Player Customer Experience

Join the Customer Experience

Step 14. Finally, if you have a VMware Workstation Player license key, you can use it now otherwise select the free non-commercial version and press the Finish button.

VM Workstation Player License Key

VM Workstation Player License Key

Step 15. Authentication will be required to apply changes.

Authentication Is Required

Authentication Is RequiredStep 16. Click OK for the message.

VM Workstation Player Information Message

Information Message

Step 17. Welcome to your VMware Workstation Player.

Welcome to VM Workstation Player


That’s all about the installation of the VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu.

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