How to Install VMware Workstation 14/15 on Ubuntu 17.10/18.10

In this article, we will install VMware Workstation 14/15, which allows you to install and run virtual machines on Linux / Ubuntu.

How to Install VMware Workstation 14/15 on Ubuntu 17.10/18.10

How to Build VMware Workstation on Ubuntu Step by Step

As you know, VMware Workstation is the most popular virtualization program and works on Linux platforms as it works on Microsoft Windows operating systems.

With VM Workstation, you can create virtual machines and run multiple virtual computers on your computer at the same time. The VM Workstation virtualization program is not an open source and free program, but you can purchase it for 30 days free of charge after a trial period.

In addition, you can download and use VMware Workstation Player for free.

In our previous articles, we’ve looked at how to set up VM Workstation 14 on Windows 10 and set up VM Workstation 15. In this article, we will examine the steps of installing the VMware 14/15 Pro on Ubuntu 17.10 step by step.

How to Run VM Workstation/Player on Ubuntu 17.10

If you have not used Linux / Ubuntu operating system before, you can install the Ubuntu operating system by reading our article here.

   Step 1

For Ubuntu, download Workstation/Player from the link at the bottom of the article and copy it to your Ubuntu desktop.

Then open the terminal on the Ubuntu desktop. After executing the following command on the terminal, enter your Ubuntu Root password and press Enter.

Sudo apt-get update command: Used to update package lists of Linux-based operating systems.

sysnettechsolutions@sysnettechsolutions:~$ sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get update

   Step 2

Press Ctrl + L to clear the terminal screen and then execute the following command at the terminal.

Sudo apt install gcc build-essential command: The build-essential command to run GCC / G ++ compilers contains a list of packages and the necessary tools.

After applying the sudo apt install gcc build-essential command, start the process by pressing the Y (Yes) key to download the packages.

sysnettechsolutions@sysnettechsolutions:~$ sudo apt install gcc build-essential

sudo apt install gcc build-essential

   Step 3

Downloading packages from Ubuntu …

Downloading Packages

   Step 4

Opening packages …

Opening Packages

   Step 5

Press Ctrl + L to clear the terminal screen.


   Step 6

To switch to the desktop in Terminal, use the cd Desktop command, and then follow the command below to handle the permissions of the file.

Chmod +x command: Defines access to a file or directory.

sysnettechsolutions@sysnettechsolutions:~$ chmod +x VMware-Workstation-Full-14.0.0.x86_64.bundle

chmod +x VMware-Workstation-Full-14.0.0.x86_64.bundle

   Step 7

Start the VM Workstation installation on Ubuntu by following the command below.

sysnettechsolutions@sysnettechsolutions:~$ sudo ./VMware-Workstation-Full-14.0.0.x86_64.bundle

sudo ./VMware-Workstation-Full-14.0.0.x86_64.bundle

   Step 8

Press Enter to continue the VM Workstation installation.

Press Enter to proceed

   Step 9

To read the license agreement faster, press the Space key.

Read the description by pressing Space

   Step 10

To accept the license agreement, type Yes and press Enter.

Accepting the License Agreement

   Step 11

For Linux users, press Enter to accept the OVF components.

Approve the OVF Tool License Agreement

   Step 12

Press Yes again and press Enter to continue.

Press Enter to Continue

   Step 13

If you want VM Workstation 14/15 to check for updates at startup, type Yes and press Enter.

Checking for Updates on Startup

   Step 14

To join the VMware user experience program and to support VMware, press Yes and press Enter.

Joining the VMware User Experience Program

   Step 15

Continue by pressing Enter for VMware shared virtual machine permissions.

Writing the Root Password

   Step 16

Press Enter to confirm the VMware Shared VMs file location.

VMware Shared VMs

   Step 17

Press Enter to configure the HTTPS port (443) port access.

Configuring the HTTPS (443) Port

   Step 18

If you have purchased this program, you can enter the VMware License Key in this section. Otherwise, if you want to try 30 days free of charge, press Enter to continue.

Using VMware Program for 30 Days free

   Step 19

VM Workstation 14 is now ready for installation on Ubuntu 17.10. Press Enter to start the installation. If you want to cancel Ubuntu VMware installation, press Ctrl + C.

Press Enter to Start Installation

   Step 20

Installation started and copying files …

Installing VMware on Ubuntu

   Step 21

VM Workstation 14 installation in Ubuntu completed successfully! Now, type and start it on the menu.

Installation Complete

   Step 22

Start VMware 14/15.

Running the VMware Virtual Machine Program

   Step 23

To use as Trial, select I want to try VM 14 for 30 days and click OK.

I want to try VMware Workstation 14 for 30 days

   Step 24

Unable to start the program and gave Unable to copy the user’s Xauthorization file error. Close the error window and continue with the next step.

Unable to copy the user's Xauthorization file

   Step 25

VMware license registration failed because of a Xauthorization file error.

Unable to copy the user's Xauthorization file

   Step 26

Close the license window and open the Terminal on the Ubuntu desktop to fix/resolve the Xauthorization file error.

Unable to copy the user's Xauthorization file

   Step 27

Execute the commands below to resolve the Xauthorization file error.

sysnettechsolutions@sysnettechsolutions:~$ touch ~/.Xauthority
sysnettechsolutions@sysnettechsolutions:~$ chmod 600 ~/.Xauthority

touch ~/.Xauthority

   Step 28

Restart the program and click on the Trial option in the License window.

Re-confirm license

   Step 29

After solving the error “Unable to copy the user’s Xauthorization file“, the Root password is asked for the VMware license. Type your root password and click OK.

Entering the Password to Advance

   Step 30

After fixing the error, the VMware program opened successfully!

Checking the VMware Workstation Version

   Step 31

You can check the version of the program in the Help/About section.

Help / About

Installation on Ubuntu 18.10

You can use VMware 15 Pro to run a virtual Windows operating system on Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish). We’ve reviewed how to install VMware on Ubuntu 17.10 by following the steps above.

Now, to install VM Workstation on the current version of Ubuntu 18.10, please click on the image below to browse our related article …

Installing VMware Workstation 15 on Ubuntu 18.10

Installation on Linux Mint 19

If you want to install and run this virtualization program on Linux Mint, don’t forget to browse our article by clicking on the image below!

Installing VMware Workstation 15 on Linux Mint 19

How to Setup the Virtualization Program in Ubuntu ⇒ Video

You can watch the video below to set it up step by step on your Linux system, and you can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us.

VMware Setup Video

   Final Word

In this article, we have installed the VM Workstation software on Linux / Ubuntu that allows you to run Windows, Linux and even macOS on the virtual machine. Do not forget to install VMware Tools after installing/configuring a system on a virtual machine. Thanks for following us!

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   VM Workstation 14/15 Download

Click on the button below to download the 14th or 15th version of the program.

VMware 14 Download

VMware 15 Download


  1. Avatar for Ahmed Majid Ahmed Majid 30 November 2017

    Thanks for the tutorial, its helped alot

  2. Avatar for c c 2 March 2018

    Thanks for the tip on the Xauthority file!!!

    • Avatar for tolqabaqci tolqabaqci 3 March 2018

      You’re welcome! Very thanks for your feedback!

  3. Avatar for SERAJ AHMAD SERAJ AHMAD 11 March 2018

    Thank you for the help on Xauthorization tip sir. But now I am unable to open the License key Page in order to activate the VMWare

    • Avatar for tolqabaqci tolqabaqci 11 March 2018

      You’re welcome, Seraj Ahmad! To resolve the key page error of VMware Workstation, open the terminal and switch to root access. After that, execute the vmware command.

  4. Avatar for SERAJ AHMAD SERAJ AHMAD 13 March 2018

    Thank you for your reply sir. But when I tried I got this Error message
    seraj@seraj-Inspiron-3537:~$ sudo -i
    root@seraj-Inspiron-3537:~# vmware
    No protocol specified
    xcb_connection_has_error() returned true
    No protocol specified
    xcb_connection_has_error() returned true
    No protocol specified

    ** (vmware-modconfig:12139): WARNING **: Could not open X display
    No protocol specified

    (vmware-modconfig:12139): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display: :0

  5. Avatar for Gabriel Gabriel 1 April 2018

    Really thanks for the post !

    • Avatar for tolqabaqci tolqabaqci 1 April 2018

      You’re welcome Gabriel! Also thank you for your comment!


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