How To Install VMware Player On Ubuntu 11.04/Linux Mint 11

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Author: Falko Timme
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Last edited 08/16/2011

This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install VMware Player on an Ubuntu 11.04 or Linux Mint 11 desktop system. With VMware Player you can create and run guest operating systems ("virtual machines") such as Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, etc. on your desktop, i.e., you can run multiple operating systems on the same hardware which saves a lot of money.

Also, with VMware Player you can let your old Windows desktop (that you previously converted into a VMware virtual machine with VMware Converter, as described in this tutorial: run under your Ubuntu/Linux Mint desktop. This can be useful if you depend on some applications that exist for Windows only, or if you want to switch to Linux slowly.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Preliminary Note

I'm using the user name falko with the home directory /home/falko here - please adjust this appropriately.


2 VMware Player

To download VMware Player, go to and click on Download:

On the next page, log in with your existing VMware account or create a new one:

Follow the on-screen instructions. At the end, you should receive an email with a link to your download page. On the download page, select the right VMware Player for your architecture (32-bit or 64-bit) and click on the Download button:

Select Save File in the Firefox download dialogue:

Then open a terminal and run the following command to install some packages needed by the VMware Player installer:

sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`

Then go to the location where you saved the VMware Player file, e.g. /home/falko/Downloads (replace falko with your own username!):

cd /home/falko/Downloads

Take a look at the contents of the directory:

ls -l

falko@falko-virtual-machine ~/Downloads $ ls -l
total 101136
-rw-r--r-- 1 falko falko 103561067 2011-08-16 13:49 VMware-Player-3.1.4-385536.x86_64.bundle
falko@falko-virtual-machine ~/Downloads $

We can start the VMware Player installation as follows:

gksudo bash ./VMware-Player-3.1.4-385536.x86_64.bundle

This will start the graphical VMware Player installation wizard. Just click your way through it:

Click on Install to start the installation:

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From: Anonymous at: 2011-09-19 08:13:44

The demonstration was really helpful.

thank you. :)

From: Sreeni at: 2011-09-28 20:56:19

Thanks for sharing the step by step by guide since I am new to Ubuntu and want to run my VM inside it.

 BTW, how did you get the windows like start menu in Ubuntu?                                                      

From: wildeagle119 at: 2011-11-21 16:01:00

Grazie la guida è stata molto chiara ed esaustiva -  Thank very good  explain

From: Anonymous at: 2012-06-26 13:08:34

That is a MINT feature - check out #13 Maya release - yenna daa?

From: lmihaila at: 2012-01-21 12:02:11

thanks man, I was short of the install build-essential linux-headers part and getting an installation error.

From: Lasse at: 2012-04-07 13:54:58

Better instructions will be very very difficult to find (not that I am lookin for them any longer :-)

Thank you!

From: Anonymous at: 2012-04-30 15:28:03

Following these instructions, VMware Player installed on Ubuntu 12.04. Thanks

From: at: 2012-06-26 12:39:17

Hi! I'm new linux user and I just installed LinuxMint13 on my computer. I've been using VMware player and workstation on WIN7 before and then I tried installing VMware in Mint13 following instructions. Everything was perfect, installation successfull, but when I launch VM player it started to download additional files and at the and it could not start services.

Is there some other command that I should use in terminal?

Please help

Thank you 

From: Anonymous at: 2012-09-29 15:16:41

Downloading with Google's chrome browser results in a file with .txt as a suffix, instead of .bundle. The installation subsequently failed. I couldn't be bothered to find out why. Switching to firefox and downloading it again gave the proper file suffix .bundle and installation succeeded.

From: Anonymous at: 2012-12-16 21:18:55

Just rename the .txt file to a .bundle file, and it works great.

From: ti at: 2013-02-15 00:46:57

This (with one minor change) worked in Linux Mint 14 KDE

The minor change was, of course to use


instead of 


Thanks very much for the how-to!!


From: Wolfgang at: 2013-03-17 13:17:53

Falko, thanks a lot for this simple but comprehensive guideline. Wanted to ensure people find it for this versions as well.

From: Linux fan at: 2013-04-09 16:19:59

thank you man you are a life saver

From: Anonymous at: 2013-04-21 10:16:15

thanks man, it worked for me on linux mint 13. great

From: at: 2013-07-02 05:36:39

Thanx 4 Ur Help, Falko!...a Gentleman & a Scholar!

From: Abder-Rahman at: 2013-08-27 12:32:57

Thanks for the nice guide!

From: Davrog at: 2013-11-05 12:35:38

gksudo treats '-' as leading parameter values, so command line as represented above becomes invalid! error message: GConf-CRITICAL **: gconf_value_free: assertion 'value != NULL' failed simple solution - rename file before running command! e.g mv VMware-Player-3.1.4-385536.x86_64.bundle vmware.bundle

From: Anonymous at: 2011-11-03 23:29:52

I have had some issues under Ubuntu 11.04 where it's corrupting XP guests. Have you  had any issues with this?

From: Heath A at: 2011-12-17 18:28:59

This was a great tutorial.  The 4.0 version of VMware Player requires a slightly different command to download the VMware packages.

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

 Outside of that, this tutorial was perfect.  Thanks!!

From: John at: 2012-01-12 15:28:28

Absolutely was great. I am a noob to linux, running linux mint 12. I downloaded the vmplayer 4, and just copy and pasted the commands given on page one of tutorial. It installed quickly and easily. Thanks for your efforts.

From: rezaperdana7 at: 2013-07-27 00:57:57

Great tutorial. I used the VMWare 5.02 and some installing operation need root access and your tutorial is much help

From: Anonymous at: 2014-01-26 16:24:37

Very Helpfull and very clear,,, Thanks Alot man