How To Install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, VMware Workstation Player is a desktop virtualization program that allows you to run multiple, isolated working strategies on an unmarried machine. With VMware Player, you can create and run your personal virtual machines and evaluate software dispensed as a virtual appliance from many program vendors accessible from VMware’s Solution Exchange.

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 through the step-by-step installation of VMware Player on an Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.

Install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Dependency packages.

Before VMware Workstation Player, you must install some required Ubuntu packages:

sudo apt install wget gcc build-essential linux-headers-generic

Step 3. Installing Workstation Player on Ubuntu 20.04.

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

wget --user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:60.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/60.0" https://www.vmware.com/go/getplayer-linux

Once the download is completed, make the installation file executable and install it:

chmod +x getplayer-linux
sudo ./getplayer-linux --required --eulas-agreed

You will get a successful message similar to the one below:

Extracting VMware Installer…done.
Installing VMware Player 16.2.1
Configuring…
[######################################################################] 100%
Installation was successful.

Step 4. Accessing VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu.

Once the installation successfully, goes and launch VMware Workstation Player from the Activities Dashboard. When you start the application for the first time, a window like the following will appear asking you whether you like to use VMware Workstation Player for free for personal non-commercial use:

Install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 20.04

Congratulations! You have successfully installed VMware. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official VMware website.

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