How to Install Ubuntu 18.04 LTS on VMware Workstation 14/15

In this article, we will examine how to install and run Linux / Ubuntu 18.04 on a virtual machine in Windows 10 using VM Workstation 14/15.

How to Install Ubuntu 18.04 LTS on VMware Workstation 14/15

How to Setup Ubuntu 18.04 LTS on VMware Workstation/Player 14/15

VMware Workstation is the most popular Hypervisor Type 2 virtualization software developed by VMwareUbuntu 18.04 is a popular and open source Linux-based OS that it was released as the Development version in the past days and it will be fully released on April 26, 2018.

The latest version of VMware Workstation is 15.1.0. You can install VMware Workstation for Windows and Linux systems. On MacOS, VMware Workstation is called VMware Fusion.

With VMware Fusion, you can set up a Windows operating system on MacOS. In our previous articles, you can find articles about VMware Fusion from the links below.

Yukarıdaki yazılara ek olarak MacOS üzerinde daha eski Windows işletim sistemlerini de kurmuştuk. Bu yazılara aşağıdaki bağlantılara tıklayarak göz atabilirsiniz.

In this article, we will build the Ubuntu (Bionic Beaver) version on Windows 10 Enterprise N 64 Bit operating system. And finally, by installing VM Tools, we will use the virtual machine in full-screen mode.

If you have not done Workstation/Player installation on Windows before, you can find our related article from here. If you want to download it to your pc click here.

Now, let’s take a step-by-step look at how to install Ubuntu 18.04 on Windows 10 using VM Workstation.

NOTE: You can also install Ubuntu 18.04 on VM Workstation 15 Pro by following the steps in this article.

How to Install Ubuntu 18.04 on Windows 10 using Virtual Machine

You can install Linux on a Windows 7/8/10 operating system using the VMware program. In addition, if you are using Windows 10, you can do the Ubuntu setup by dual booting.

But before doing Dual Boot, we recommend using Ubuntu 18.04 on the virtual machine.

   Step 1

Open VMware Workstation 14 Pro and click Create a new virtual machine to create a new VM. In the VM setup wizard, select Custom (Advanced), then click on the Next button.

Create a new virtual machine

   Step 2

In the VM hardware compatibility window, make sure that Workstation 14.x/15.x is selected, then click Next.

VMware Hardware Compatibility

   Step 3

Select I will install the operating system later option, and then click the Next button.

I will install the operating system later

   Step 4

Select Linux/Ubuntu 64-bit for LTS installation in the Guest Operating System window and click Next.

Guest Operating System

   Step 5

Type the name of the VM and store the virtual machine in a different location. Click Next to continue.

Configuring Ubuntu VM Name and Location

   Step 6

Configure the processor according to the hardware specifications of your computer and click the Next button.

Adding Processor to VM

   Step 7

Likewise, specify the RAM capacity of the VM and click Next.

Adding RAM to VM

   Step 8

You can continue by selecting NAT for the VMware network configuration. If you want to learn more about VMware network settings, check out the VMware Virtual Network Editor Settings.

VMware Network Type

   Step 9

Continue by selecting LSI Logic.

LSI Logic

   Step 10

Select SCSI and click Next.


   Step 11

To create a new virtual disk for the virtual machine, select Create a new virtual disk option and click Next.

Create a new virtual disk

   Step 12

Configure the disk configuration of the VM as follows. Configuring the virtual machine’s disk configuration as a single file is useful for performance.

Specify Disk Capacity

   Step 13

Leave the disk file name to be created as default and click the Next button.

Specify Disk Capacity

   Step 14

Open the hardware settings of the virtual machine and enable Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI from the Processors section and close the window by clicking the Close button.

Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI

   Step 15

After creating the virtual machine for setup, click on the Finish button.

Finish Wizard

   Step 16

Wait while the virtual disk is being created for the Ubuntu machine.

Creating Disk...

   Step 17

Opening Ubuntu Bionic Beaver…

Starting Ubuntu

   Step 18

On the Ubuntu installation screen, select your operating display language and click the Install Ubuntu button.

Install Ubuntu

   Step 19

Configure your keyboard config and click the Continue button.

Keyboard Layout

   Step 20

Select Minimal Installation and click Continue.

Minimal Installation

   Step 21

For the type of setup, select Erase disk and install Ubuntu and click the Install Now button.

Erase disk and install Ubuntu

   Step 22

Click the Continue button to confirm the changes to be written to the disk.

Write the changes to disks

   Step 23

Select the region you live in and continue.

Where are you?

   Step 24

Configure the user account information for the virtual pc and click Continue.

User Account

   Step 25

Wait while setting up Linux using VMware Workstation on Windows 10…

Copying Files

   Step 26

Installation of Ubuntu 18.04 with VMware has been successfully completed!

Ubuntu Installation Completed

   Step 27

To check the version of Ubuntu, click Settings / About.


How to Setup VMware Tools on Ubuntu 18.04 Virtual Machine in VMware 14

After installing it with VMware Workstation, open the Terminal on your desktop to setup VMware Tools, and then follow the steps below.

   Step 1

Once you have the terminal open, switch to root using the sudo su command, and run the apt-get install open-vm-tools-desktop y command in Terminal to build VMware Tools.

apt-get install open-vm-tools-desktop y

apt-get install open-vm-tools-desktop y

   Step 2

After the VMware Tools setup on Ubuntu is complete, run the shutdown -r now command in Terminal to reboot the system.

shutdown -r now

shutdown -r now

   Step 3

After restarting the virtual machine, click View / Fit Guest Now to make the virtual machine fullscreen.

View / Fit Guest Now

   Step 4

As you can see in the image below, the virtual machine is in the full-screen mode!

Full Screen

How to Install Ubuntu LTS Bionic Beaver on VMware Workstation 14/15 ⇒ Video

You can watch the following video for installing Ubuntu 18.04 and VM Tools on Windows 10 using VM Workstation 14/15 Pro, and you can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us…

Ubuntu 18.04 Setup Video

   Final Word

In this article, we have reviewed how to setup Ubuntu Bionic Beaver. In our next article, we will install Ubuntu on Oracle VM VirtualBox. Thanks for following us!

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