How to install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 18.04

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is a mature and stable virtualization solution with which you can run multiple, isolated operating systems on a single machine.

With VMware Workstation Player, you can create and run your own virtual machines, and evaluate software that is sold as a virtual appliance by many software vendors Solution exchange from VMware

VMware Workstation Player is not open source and is free for personal, noncommercial use only. If you’re looking for an open source virtualization platform, then you should check out Oracle’s VirtualBox.

This tutorial explains how to install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 18.04. The same instructions apply to Ubuntu 16.04 and any other Debian-based distribution, including Debian, Linux Mint, and Elementary OS.


Before proceeding with this tutorial, make sure that you are logged in as a user with sudo permissions.

For VMware Workstation Player to install and operate properly, your system should meet the following requirements:

  • 1.3 GHz or faster 64-bit CPU.
  • At least 2 GB RAM memory / 4 GB RAM or more recommended.

Install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu

To install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 18.04, do the following:

1. Install required packages

Open your terminal with either the Ctrl+Alt+T Keyboard shortcut or by clicking the terminal icon and installing the build dependencies by typing:

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

2. Download VMware Workstation Player

To download the latest version of VMware Workstation Player, you can either use the VMware download page
and download the installation package using your web browser or use the following wget Command:

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

Once the download is complete, make the installation file executable as follows chmod

chmod +x getplayer-linux
At the time of this writing, the latest version of VMware Workstation Player is version 15.0.0.

3. Install VMware Workstation Player

Installation is pretty straightforward, just follow the on-screen instructions.

Start the installation wizard by typing:

sudo ./getplayer-linux

A screen similar to the following will appear. Accept the terms of the license agreement and click the Next Button.

Next, you’ll be asked if you want to check for product updates at startup. Make your selections and click that Next Button.

VMware’s Customer Experience Improvement Program (“CEIP”) helps VMware improve its products and services by sending anonymous system and usage information to VMware. If you do not want to participate in the program, choose No and click on Next Button.

In the next step you will be asked to enter the license key. VMware Workstation Player is free for personal, non-commercial use. By purchasing a license key, the Pro functions are activated and can be used commercially.

If you don’t have a license key, leave the field blank and click the Next Button.

Next you will see the following page informing you that VMware Workstation Player is ready to be installed. click on the Install Button.

The installation can take a few minutes. During the installation you will see information about the progress. When the process is complete, the following screen will appear informing you that the Mware Workstation Player has been successfully installed.

4. Start VMware Workstation Player

After VMware Workstation Player is installed on your Ubuntu system, you can start it by clicking on the VMware Player icon (Activities -> VMware Workstation Player).

The first time you start VMware Player, a window like the following appears, asking if you want to use VMware Workstation Player for free for personal, non-commercial use or to enter a license.

Make your selections, click that OK Button and the VMware Player application starts.

Uninstall VMware

If for any reason you want to uninstall VMware Player, use the following command:

sudo /usr/bin/vmware-installer -u vmware-player

You will be asked if you want to keep the configuration files:

All configuration information is about to be removed. Do you wish to
keep your configuration files? You can also input 'quit' or 'q' to
cancel uninstallation. [yes]:

Enter “yes” or “no” and VMware Player will be removed from your system:

Uninstalling VMware Installer 3.0.0
[######################################################################] 100%
Uninstallation was successful.


At this point, you have successfully installed 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 the official documentation

If you have any questions please leave a comment below.