How to install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 20.04

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VMware
Workstation Player is desktop virtualization software that allows you to run multiple, isolated operating systems on a single computer.

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

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

This article describes how to install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 20.04.

requirements

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

  • 1.3 GHz or faster 64-bit Central processor
    , introduced in 2011 or later.
  • At least 2 GB RAM memory / 4 GB RAM or more recommended.

Install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu

The first step is to install the build dependencies. Open your Terminal and run the following commands:

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

The latest version of VMware Workstation Player is available for download from the VMware download page
. Use wget
To download the installation package:

wget --user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:60.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/60.0" https://www.vmware.com/go/getplayer-linux

The command downloads the latest version of VMware Player, which is version 16.1.0 at the time of this writing.

Once the download is complete, make the installation file executable:

chmod +x getplayer-linux

Installation is pretty straightforward, just run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions:

sudo ./getplayer-linux --required --eulas-agreed

the --required Option forces the installer to display only the necessary questions.

The installation can take a few minutes. During the installation you will see information about the progress.

Extracting VMware Installer...done.
Installing VMware Player 16.1.0
    Configuring...
[######################################################################] 100%
Installation was successful.

At this point, you have installed VMware Workstation Player on your Ubuntu system.

To start the player, open the activity search bar, enter “VMware Workstation Player” and click the icon.

The first time you launch the application, a window like the following will appear asking if you would like to use VMware Workstation Player free for personal, non-commercial use:

Make your selections, click that OK Button and the player will start.

Uninstall VMware Player

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]: 

Press “Enter” and VMware Player will be removed from your system:

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

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We showed 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 the official documentation
Page.

If you have any questions please leave a comment below.