How to Install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 22.04

How to Install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 22.04

This guide walks you step-by-step through installing VMware Workstation Player virtualization software on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

Installing VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 22.04 is a simple process that allows you to run virtual machines on your system. It is a free, lightweight version of VMware Workstation Pro, a popular Windows and Linux virtualization software.

With VMware Workstation Player, you can create and run multiple virtual machines on a single physical machine, each with its operating system. This makes it a valuable tool for developers, system administrators, and anyone who needs to run different operating systems for testing or development purposes.

This guide will walk you through installing VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, so let’s get started.

Prerequisites

VMware Workstation Player runs on standard x86-based hardware with 64-bit Intel or AMD processors. The system requirements are:

  • A compatible 64-bit x86/AMD64 CPU
  • 1.3 GHz or faster CPU speed
  • 2 GB RAM minimum (4GB RAM or more recommended)
  • Windows or Linux host operating system

Before proceeding with the VMware Workstation Player installation, the first step is to install some build dependencies. So open the terminal app on your Ubuntu 22.04 system and run the following command:

sudo apt install build-essential
Install VMware Workstation Player build dependencies.
Install VMware Workstation Player build dependencies.

Step 1: Download VMware Workstation Player

Point your browser to https://www.vmware.com/go/downloadplayer to download the latest version of VMware Workstation Player. When the page loads, click on the “GO TO DOWNLOADS” link.

Download VMware Workstation Player
Download VMware Workstation Player

Because we will install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu, on the following page, click the “DOWNLOAD NOW” button inside the “VMware Workstation Player for Linux 64-bit” section.

Download VMware Workstation Player
Download VMware Workstation Player

Wait for the download to complete, then you can close the browser window if you no longer require it.

Download VMware Workstation Player
Download VMware Workstation Player

Bonus Tip: If you prefer to use the command line, you can skip downloading VMware Workstation Player through the browser and instead do it in the terminal using the following wget command:

wget -O VMware-Player-Full.bundle --user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:109.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/109.0" https://www.vmware.com/go/getplayer-linux
Download VMware Workstation Player via the terminal using the wget command.
Download VMware Workstation Player via the terminal using the wget command.

Step 2: Make the File Executable

The downloaded file needs to be made executable. You have two options. If you prefer the command line, type chmod +x followed by the file’s full path:

chmod +x Downloads/VMware-Player-Full-17.0.0-20800274.x86_64.bundle

The second approach is to use Ubuntu’s File Manager application. Go to the directory where you downloaded the VMware Player installation file, then right-click and select “Properties” from the context menu.

Make the file executable.
Make the file executable.

Select the “Permissions” tab from the subwindow that opens, tick the “Allow executing file as program,” then close the window.

Make the file executable.
Make the file executable.

Step 3: Install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 22.04

Run the installer specifying the full path to the file:

sudo Downloads/VMware-Player-Full-17.0.0-20800274.x86_64.bundle

The progress of the VMware Workstation Player installation on your Ubuntu 22.04 system will be shown in the terminal. So, wait for the operation to complete, which takes around a minute.

Install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 22.04
Install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 22.04

Step 4: Start Initial Vmware Workstation Player Initialization

You can start Vmware Workstation Player by launching it from the Ubuntu dash. But first, search for “vmware” and click to run the same when its icon appears.

Start Vmware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 22.04.
Start Vmware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 22.04.

VMware Workstation Player will start. All that is left is to complete the initial setup, but don’t worry. It happens in seconds on a next-next-finish basis. First, accept the End User License Agreement and hit “Next.”

Accept End User License Agreement.
Accept End User License Agreement.

Another End User License Agreement will greet you. Accept it and confirm with the “Next” button.

Accept End User License Agreement.
Accept End User License Agreement.

On the following screen, you will be asked if you want the application to check for available updates automatically when you start it. Make your choice and then press the “Next” button.

Choose whether the application checks for updates on startup.
Choose whether the application checks for updates on startup.

Choose whether to participate in the VMWare Customer Experience Program (CEIP) and click “Next.”

Choose whether to participate VMWare CEIP program.
Choose whether to participate VMWare CEIP program.

From the next screen, select that you want to use VMWare Player on your Ubuntu 22.04 system with a free license for non-commercial use unless you already have a paid one. If this is the case, enter it in the box provided. Finally, press the “Finish” button.

Choose the VMWare Player license type.
Choose the VMWare Player license type.

You will be prompted for your user password to apply the settings. Enter it and click the “Authenticate” button to confirm.

Apply the settings made.
Apply the settings made.

That’s all! You can start creating your new virtual machines with VMware Player and explore the virtualization world with all the possibilities it offers.

VMware Workstation Player running on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.
VMware Workstation Player running on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

How to Uninstall VMWare Workstation Player

If you decide to uninstall VMware Workstation Player from your Ubuntu 22.04 system for any reason, you can do it easily by running the command below.

sudo vmware-installer -u vmware-player
Uninstall VMware Workstation Player.
Uninstall VMware Workstation Player.

Conclusion

Following the steps outlined in this article, you should be able to successfully install and use VMware Workstation Player on your Ubuntu 22.04 system. Remember to keep your VMware Workstation Player up to date to ensure the best performance and security.

We recommend checking the official documentation for individuals who want to learn more about the features offered by VMware Player and how to use them effectively.

However, if you decide to use the other widely popular and used virtualization solution, Oracle VirtualBox, our guide on installing it on Ubuntu 22.04 will come in handy.

Thanks for using this tutorial. Your feedback and comments are most welcome.

Bobby Borisov
Bobby Borisov

Bobby is an Editor-in-Chief at Linuxiac. He is a Linux professional with over 20 years of experience. With a strong focus on Linux and open-source software, Bobby has worked as a Linux System Administrator, Software Developer, and DevOps Engineer for small and large multinational companies.

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