How to install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Do you want to create virtual machines with high performance on Ubuntu 20.04 or 18.04 LTS Linux? Then try out the VMware Workstation Player Virtualization software platform- free for personal usage.

Although Oracle VirtualBox is already available for Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, and macOS with lots of options, the performance of the Vmware Player is much better. Yes, if you go through VirtualBox, its interface and options with various features are much better than VMware Player, however, when it comes to the performance of the Virtual Machines installed over it the VMware Payer sweeps the ground. I am saying this after using both, the Windows 10 VM on VirtualBox runs with lags and sluggishness, and the same on Workstation works quite smoothly and lag-free. Moreover, the VMware Tools installation makes it very easy to drag and drop files and copy past texts between host and guest.

Here in this tutorial, we will learn the process of installing VMware Player not only on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal fossa but also for the Linux Mint, elementary OS, Zorin OS, and other similar Linux distros.


Download VMware Workstation player Linux edition

Open the browser on your Ubuntu Linux and visit Vmware official website to download the workstation player, here is the link to make things a little way. On the download page click on the button given in front of  “VMware Workstation x.x.x Player for Linux 64-bit”.

Download VMware Workstation 15.5.6 Player for Linux 64 bit

Open command terminal

Once the downloading of the Vmware Linux bundle completed, open the command terminal on Ubuntu Linux or the one you are using. Go to Applications and search terminal, as to appears, click to run the same.

Switch to the Downloads directory

By default whatever we download from the internet using the browser goes to the Downloads directory, thus first switch to that. The command for the same is given below.

cd Downloads

Run Vmware Workstation Player Script to install

You will see your downloaded Player file there, simply run the script installation command with sudo access, here is the that.

sudo sh VMware-Player-*-*.x86_64.bundle

Wait until the installation gets completed.

Run the Vmware Player script on Ubuntu

Run VMware Player

Go to Applications and search for it, as the icon for the Workstation appears, click to run it.

Run Vmware Palyer on Ubuntu 20.04


In case you get Gcc not found and Kernel modules compiling error upon starting the Vmware, then you have to install them. For that, first close the Vmware Player window and then run the below two commands:

sudo apt install gcc
sudo apt-get install build-essential

Now, again go to applications and run VMware Player. This time you will see a pop-up to install VMMON and VMNET  kernel modules. Click on the Install button.

Install Vmware kernerl moduiles

Once the installation gets completed you will see the window for asking you to accept the Vmware License.

Aceept the Vmware worskation lices to create virtual machines on Linux

Start creating virtual machines finally.

Start creating virtual machines on Ubuntu

Also Learn: How to install Vmware Tools on Ubuntu for Host to Guest clipboard and Apadtable VM guest resolution.

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