How To Install VMware Workstation on CentOS 7

Install VMware Workstation on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install VMware Workstation on your CentOS 7. For those of you who didn’t know, For those of you who didn’t know, VMware Workstation is the most popular Virtualization software used at the desktop level on Linux like operating systems and Microsoft Windows. It allows us to create and run multiple Virtual machines simultaneously. VMware Workstation is not an open-source or free software so we need to buy its license key, though we can use its trial version for 30 days then later you can apply its license key.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the VMware Virtualization on a CentOS 7 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 7.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install VMware Workstation on CentOS 7

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

yum clean all
yum install kernel-headers kernel-devel
yum groupinstall "Development tools"
yum -y update

Step 2. Installing VMware Workstation.

First, download the Vmware Workstation 14 Pro bundle package here.

Once the VMware workstation bundle file is downloaded, set the executable permissions on it with the below chmod command:

chmod a+x VMware-Workstation-Full-14.0.0-6661328.x86_64.bundle

Now let’s go ahead and start the installation of Vmware Workstation 14 pro by running the .bundle package. Refer to the command below:

sudo ./VMware-Workstation-Full-14.0.0-6661328.x86_64.bundle

Accept the End User License Agreement:

Install VMware Workstation on CentOS 7

Click on Next and disable product updates on startup:

Install VMware Workstation on CentOS 7

Specify the User Name which will have rights to connect to the VMware workstation, in my case I using ‘idroot‘ as user name:

Install VMware Workstation on CentOS 7

Click on next to proceed, you can also keep the default path. In my case I am also keeping the default directory:

Install VMware Workstation on CentOS 7

Specify the HTTP port or keep the default one:

Install VMware Workstation on CentOS 7

Enter the License key in case you have already buy its license, else you can leave it blank:

Install VMware Workstation on CentOS 7

In the next window, click on the ‘Install‘ option to start its installation:

Install VMware Workstation on CentOS 7

Once the Installation is successful, we will get the below window:

Install VMware Workstation on CentOS 7

After the installation is finished, you can open the workstation from the CentOS 7 application menu under the System Tools subcategory.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed VMware. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing VMware Virtualization on CentOS 7 systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official VMware Workstation website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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