In this tutorial, we will learn steps involved to download and install VMware workstation on Ubuntu Linux. VMware workstation is a desktop hypervisor virtualization product. It allows us to create multiple virtual machines(guest operating systems) and run them on host operating systems.
In this post, we will install the application on Ubuntu Linux machine.
- Ubuntu Linux( Host Operating System)
- Chrome browser/ Firefox browser
First things first, we need to download the VMWare workstation software bundle for Ubuntu.
Launch your favorite browser.
Visit VMware Official website. We can try and download 30-day free trial version of the software. Official Website: https://www.vmware.com
Workstation can be download both for Windows and Linux operating systems.
- VMware Workstation <version> Pro for Windows
- VMware Workstation <version> Pro for Linux
Choose Workstation Pro for Linux.
Click on DOWNLOAD NOW button and download the software bundle.
Incase, gcc and build essential packages are not installed on the machine, install them on the machine.
GCC and Build Essential install commands:
Open Terminal and issue the following commands.
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install gcc build-essential
Locate the software bundle on the machine. Give execute permissions to the downloaded bundle.
$ chmod +x <vmware_software_bundle>
Run the installer and follow the instructions of the install wizard.
Below are the exact commands for your reference.
Launch VMWare Workstation
Click on the Show applications dots icon in the Dock. Search for VMware.
Click on the VMWare Workstation icon to launch the application.
Follow the instructions on the first launch UI. Read and accept the License agreement. Activate the 30-day free trail, opt to share the usage information with VMware etc.
Once done you can add the VMWare application to the frequently used applications in the Dock bar.
That’s it. We have successfully installed VMware on Ubuntu.
Instructions to download and install the application on Windows: