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

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Author: Falko Timme
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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

[email protected] ~/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
[email protected] ~/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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By: Anonymous

The demonstration was really helpful.

thank you. :)

By: Sreeni

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?                                                      

By: wildeagle119

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

By: Anonymous

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

By: lmihaila

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

By: Lasse

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

Thank you!

By: Anonymous

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


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 

By: Anonymous

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.

By: Anonymous

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

By: ti

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!!


By: Wolfgang

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

By: Linux fan

thank you man you are a life saver

By: Anonymous

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


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

By: Abder-Rahman

Thanks for the nice guide!

By: Davrog

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

By: razor

very helpful i installed workstation, and it works g8, that bro.

By: Jason Edwards

Thanks very much. This worked with Mint 17.1 and VMware Player 12.

By: audhitya

Thanks Bro. Works fine

By: Dr. Swizz

Appreciation for this excellent installation guide. I managed to be successful with it right from the start. Thank you.

By: sfcg

I tried ti install Virtual box several time but fail to do. Please help me. i am using Kali 2.0 in 32bit machine. i have to face following error when try to install virtualmachine

[email protected] // :~# apt-get install virtualboxReading package lists... DoneBuilding dependency tree       Reading state information... DoneYou might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these:The following packages have unmet dependencies: opera : Depends: libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0 (>= 0.10.16) but it is not installable         Depends: libgstreamer0.10-0 (>= 0.10.15) but it is not installable         Depends: gstreamer0.10-plugins-good but it is not installable virtualbox : Depends: virtualbox-dkms (>= 5.0.16-dfsg-2) but it is not going to be installed or                       virtualbox-source (>= 5.0.16-dfsg-2) but it is not going to be installed or                       virtualbox-modules              Depends: libgsoap8 but it is not going to be installed              Depends: libvncserver1 (>= 0.9.10) but it is not going to be installed              Conflicts: virtualbox-5.0 but 5.0.16-105871~Ubuntu~wily is to be installed              Recommends: virtualbox-qt (= 5.0.16-dfsg-2) but it is not going to be installed virtualbox-5.0 : Depends: libssl1.0.0 (>= 1.0.0) but it is not installable                  Depends: libvpx2 (>= 1.4.0) but it is not installable                  Conflicts: virtualbox                  Recommends: libsdl-ttf2.0-0 but it is not going to be installed                  Recommends: linux-headers but it is not installableE: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages (or specify a solution).[email protected] // :~#

By: vijayakumar


its not req these much procedures to install VM.

just download VM..

open terminal --> type 'sudo -i' --> type password --> drag and Drop the application ---> install -->> done


try it..!!