How To Install VMware Workstation on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Install VMware Workstation on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install VMware Workstation on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Virtualization has become an indispensable technology in today’s computing landscape, enabling users to run multiple operating systems and applications on a single physical machine. Among the leading virtualization solutions, VMware Workstation stands out as a powerful and versatile tool for developers, IT professionals, and power users alike.

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 Workstation on an Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).
  • 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 Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Before installing VMware Workstation Pro, you’ll need to ensure that your Ubuntu system has the required dependencies installed. Open the terminal and run the following command to install the necessary packages:

sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)

Step 2. Installing VMware Workstation on Ubuntu.

First, download the Vmware Workstation 14 Pro bundle package from the official page.

Once you’ve downloaded the VMware Workstation Pro package and prepared your Ubuntu system, it’s time to begin the installation process. First, navigate to the directory where you downloaded the package and make the installer executable by running the following command:

chmod +x VMware-Workstation-Full-17.x.x-xxxxxxx.x86_64.bundle

Now let’s go ahead and start the installation of Vmware Workstation 17 pro by running the .bundle package. Refer to the command below:

sudo ./VMware-Workstation-Full-17.x.x-xxxxxxx.x86_64.bundle

Accept the End User License Agreement:

Install VMware Workstation on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Click on Next and disable product updates on startup:

Install VMware Workstation on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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

Install VMware Workstation on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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 Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Specify the HTTPS port or keep the default one:

Install VMware Workstation on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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

Install VMware Workstation on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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

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

Install VMware Workstation on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Congratulations! You have successfully installed VMware Workstation. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing VMware Workstation on your Ubuntu 16.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official VMware 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, 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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