In this article, we will install VMware Workstation 14/15, which allows you to install and run virtual machines on Linux / Ubuntu.
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.
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.
[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get update
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.
[email protected]:~$ sudo apt install gcc build-essential
Downloading packages from Ubuntu …
Opening packages …
Press Ctrl + L to clear the terminal screen.
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.
[email protected]:~$ chmod +x VMware-Workstation-Full-14.0.0.x86_64.bundle
Start the VM Workstation installation on Ubuntu by following the command below.
[email protected]:~$ sudo ./
Press Enter to continue the VM Workstation installation.
To read the license agreement faster, press the Space key.
To accept the license agreement, type Yes and press Enter.
For Linux users, press Enter to accept the OVF components.
Press Yes again and press Enter to continue.
If you want VM Workstation 14/15 to check for updates at startup, type Yes and press Enter.
To join the VMware user experience program and to support VMware, press Yes and press Enter.
Continue by pressing Enter for VMware shared virtual machine permissions.
Press Enter to confirm the VMware Shared VMs file location.
Press Enter to configure the HTTPS port (443) port access.
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.
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.
Installation started and copying files …
VM Workstation 14 installation in Ubuntu completed successfully! Now, type and start it on the menu.
Start VMware 14/15.
To use as Trial, select I want to try VM 14 for 30 days and click OK.
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.
VMware license registration failed because of a Xauthorization file error.
Close the license window and open the Terminal on the Ubuntu desktop to fix/resolve the Xauthorization file error.
Execute the commands below to resolve the Xauthorization file error.
[email protected]:~$ touch ~/.Xauthority
[email protected]:~$ chmod 600 ~/.Xauthority
Restart the program and click on the Trial option in the License window.
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.
After fixing the error, the VMware program opened successfully!
You can check the version of the program in the Help/About section.
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 …
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!
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.
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!
♦ How to Clone in VM
♦ How to Increase Hard Disk Space
♦ How to Install Ubuntu in VM
♦ How to Use the Snapshot in VM
♦ How to Improve Disk Performance
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