How to install VMware Workstation on Centos 8

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VMware Workstation is software used for virtualization. With a virtual machine, you can run multiple operating systems on a single host computer. VMware Workstation Pro is used to create a single instance for Windows or Linux at the same time. The concept of virtualization is not only useful for individuals, but also important for companies and organizations.

This article will walk you through how to install the latest version of VMware Workstation on CentOS 8. At the time of this writing, VMware Workstation Pro 15.5.2 is the latest version available for installation. Your system must support virtualization.

We ran various commands and steps on the CentOS system to install the VMware Workstation Pro 15.5.2.

Installation of the VMware workstation on CentOS 8

To install the VM ware workstation Pro 15.5, you need to install some build kernel modules on CentOS 8.

Install dependencies

To install all the build tools you need on your CentOS 8 system, open the terminal with the ‘Ctrl + Alt + t’ keys and use the following command:

$ sudo yum groupinstall "Development Tools"

You will press ‘y’ to download and install any required build tools.

Also, it takes some time to download and install all the packages automatically through the Yum package manager and after a while you will see the full status in the terminal window.

Package installation completed

Another package is known as ‘elfutils-libelf-devel’ and is needed to build the kernel module. So you can install this package from the CentOS 8 official repository as follows:

$ sudo yum install elfutils-libelf-devel

Install defamation

You press ‘y’ and press ‘Enter’ to confirm the installation. After a while, the ‘elfutils-libelf-devel’ package will be installed on your CentOS 8 system.advertising

Libelf-Tools installed successfully

Download VMware Workstation from the VMware website

You visit the official website and download the latest VMware version Pro 15.5.2 from here While the page is loading, click on ‘Download Now >>’ as follows:


As soon as you click on “Download now”, the following window appears in which you “Workstation 15.5 Pro for Linux‘to download as follows:

VMWare workstation for Linux

Your browser opens a dialog box in which you select “Save file” and then click “OK” as follows:

Download file

The download of the binary installation program VMware pro 15.5.2 on your system will now begin. It will take some time for the download to complete.

Download progress

Install VMware Workstation Pro

Once the file has been downloaded, now navigate to ~ / Downloads where the downloaded file will be saved. To do this, enter the following command:

$ cd ~/Downloads

You can view the VMware pro 15.5.2 binary installer with the following command:

Go to the download folder

$ls –lh

Now add the executable privilege to the VMware Pro 15.5.2 binary installer on the workstation. Enter the following command to set permissions:

$ chmod +x VMware-Workstation-Full-15.5.2-14665864.x86_64.bundle

Downloaded files

It is time to run the VMware Workstation Pro 15.5.2 binary installer on your system with the following command:

$ sudo ./VMware-Workstation-Full-15.5.2-14665864.x86_64.bundle

Run the VMware installer

It takes some time for VMware Workstation Pro 15.5.2 to be installed on your CentOS 8 system.

Start VMware Workstation Pro

Now you can start the VMware Workstation Pro 15.5.2. To do this, click on “Activities” and enter “VMware” in the CentOS 8 application launcher. You will see the VMware workstation icon in the search results. Click on it to continue.

Start VMWare Workstation

Next, accept the license agreement. To do this, select “I accept the terms of the license agreement” and click the “Next” button.

License terms

The next screen will ask if you want to install updates or not. Choose Yes if you want to install updates every time you start VMware Workstation Pro and click the Next button.

Check for product updates

Now select “Yes”. If you are interested in joining the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP), otherwise select No. Then click the “Next” button.


In the next screen, you will need to enter the username you want to use for the VMware shared connection. A login user name is required by default. Like ‘kbuzdar’ here and click ‘Next’.

Linux username

Now you need to choose the location where the shared VMs will be saved. You can change it differently, select the default location and click ‘Next’.

VM storage directory

On the next screen, select the port number that will allow you to remotely access the shared environment of the VMs. By default, ‘443’ is fine and then click ‘Next’.

HTTPS port

If you don’t have a VMware Workstation Pro license, choose a 30-day trial and click Next.

Enter the license code or choose a trial version

In the next screen you need to enter the login password for authentication as follows:

Authenticate as administrator

VMware Workstation Pro has now started. Hit ‘Ok’ and now you can use it like this:

Create a new virtual machine


In this article, we have demonstrated the full procedure of installing VMware Workstation Pro 15.5 on CentOS 8. I hope you find this article useful. If you have any questions, please contact us via comments in the comments box.

How to install VMware Workstation on Centos 8