How To Install VMware Workstation on Linux Mint 20

Install VMware Workstation on Linux Mint 20

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install VMware Workstation on Linux Mint 20. For those of you who didn’t know, VMware is a mature and stable virtualization solution that allows you to run multiple, isolated operating systems on a single machine. This enables one to have Virtual machines of different operating systems running off the host resources. The VMware Tools offer several useful functionalities such as faster graphics performance, shared folders, shared clipboards, drag and drop operations, and more.

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 VMware Player/ Workstation on a Linux Mint 20.1 (Ulyssa).

Install VMware Workstation on Linux Mint 20.1 Ulyssa

Step 1. Before running the tutorial below, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update

Step 2. Installing Required Packages.

Run the following commands to install all required packages on your system:

sudo apt install gcc wget build-essential linux-headers-generic linux-headers-$(uname -r)

Step 3. Installing Workstation Player on Linux Mint 20.

Now we download the latest version of VMware Workstation from the official page:

cd /tmp
wget --user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:75.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/75.0" https://www.vmware.com/go/getWorkstation-linux

Once you have downloaded the VMWare workstation into your system, it is time you start installing it:

chmod +x getWorkstation-linux
sudo ./getWorkstation-linux

Output:

Extracting VMware Installer…done.
Installing VMware Player 16.1.2
Configuring…
[######################################################################] 100%
Installation was successful.

Step 4. Accessing VMware Workstation on Linux Mint.

Once installation is complete, it will add the VMware Workstation icon to your system applications. Click on it to launch your VMware Workstation. This will open an interactive wizard to complete the VMware workstation setup.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed VMware. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of the VMware Workstation on the Linux Mint system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official VMware website.

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