Tuesday, June 28, 2022

How to install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 16.04 | 17.10 | 18.04

VMware Workstation Player is a desktop virtualization software that allows you to run multiple, isolated operating systems on a single machine. This is one of the best applications for desktop and server virtualization in Linux. Some people prefer it more than Oracle’s open-source VirtualBox.

With a virtual machine application like VMware, you can run another operating system inside your current operating system.

For example, if you want to try another Linux distribution, you can install it on a USB stick and use it as a live USB or install it alongside your current os. Both are okay but you have to log out of your current system and boot into another just for trying a new OS.

In this scenario, you can install another operating system inside Ubuntu as a virtual machine. You’ll be able to use it without leaving your main OS i.e. Ubuntu.


For proper installation and operation of VMware Player, your system should meet the following requirements:

1.3GHz or faster 64-bit CPU, launched in 2011 or later.
2 GB RAM minimum/ 4GB RAM or more recommended.

Installing VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 

VMWare Workstation is not open-source software.

Install VMware in Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04:

VMware Workstation Player is free for personal and non-commercial use. As an individual, you can use it without paying anything. VMware is not open source though.

To install VMware Workstation Player in Ubuntu and other Ubuntu-based distributions, follow the steps below:

1: Install required build packages

Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and use the command below to install required build packages and Linux Kernel headers:

sudo apt install build-essential

2: Download VMware Workstation Player

Next step is to download the VMware Workstation Player from their website. Download VMware Workstation Player

Don’t worry! It’s free to use for personal use. You don’t have to pay. Just hit the download button here.

vmware workstation player download

You’ll see options to download VMware Workstation Player for both Windows and Linux. No prizes for guessing that you have to download the Linux version here.

 Don’t worry if you see a .txt or .bundle file. That actually is the installer.

Downloading VMware Workstation Player for Linux

3: Installing VMware Player

You have to set execute permission on the downloaded installer file.

You can do it graphically as well. Just go to the folder where the file was downloaded. Right-click on it and make it executable.

Make Vmware executable
Right-click on the downloaded installer file
Make VMWare file executable

After that, double click on it to run the VMWare installer.

I prefer the command line so I am listing the commands you would need. 

I am assuming that it has been downloaded to your Downloads directory. If so, use the command below to make the file executable:

chmod +x ~/Downloads/VMware-Player*

And then run the installation file:

sudo ~/Downloads/VMware-Player*

This will open an installation window.

4: Installing VMware Player

From here, it’s no rocket science. Like any other application, click on next on most of the screen. For your ease, I have listed the screenshots here:

Install VMware Player in Ubuntu 13.10

You might also be asked for a license key – do not panic – you do not need one if you want to use the free VMware player for non-commercial purposes. For business use, get the pro edition (where you will get a license key).

Install VMware Player in Ubuntu 13.10

And that would be it.

If you want to be able to copy-paste between the real OS (host) and the virtual OS (guest) and share files between them, you should also install VMware Tools on Linux.

I hope it helped you to install VMware Workstation Player in Ubuntu and Linux Mint. I will show you how to configure VMware Player with an OS in another post soon.


We have shown you how to install VMware Workstation Player on your Ubuntu system. You can now explore the application options and create your first virtual machine.

To learn more about VMware Workstation Player, visit their official documentation page.


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