How To Install VMware Player On Ubuntu 11.04/Linux Mint 11 - Page 2

VMware Player is now being installed:

Click on the Close button afterwards to leave the installation wizard:

Afterwards you can start VMware Player by going to System Tools > VMware Player:

If you launch VMware Player for the first time, you have to accept its license:

This is how VMware Player looks. You can now build your own virtual machines with it or start existing virtual machines.

If you encounter problems starting an existing virtual machine (i.e., the virtual machine crashes soon after you start it), open /usr/bin/vmplayer...

sudo gedit /usr/bin/vmplayer

... and add the line export LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/vmware/lib/ before the set -e line:

#!/usr/bin/env bash
# Copyright 2005-2008 VMware, Inc.  All rights reserved.
# Wrapper for the real 'vmplayer' binary. Ensure that the
# binary will find all the shared libraries it needs. If a shared
# library is not available from any of the standard system-wide
# locations, we provide it from the location where the VMware software
# is installed.
export LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/vmware/lib/
set -e

. $ETCDIR/bootstrap

export PRODUCT_NAME="VMware Player"

# If there are command line arguments like -version, launch the binary without
# checking configuration state or running the module updater.
if echo "$1" | grep -q "^-"; then
   exec "$libdir"/bin/"vmplayer" "$@"

# Only run the GUI if DISPLAY is set.
if [ -z "$DISPLAY" ]; then
   echo "DISPLAY is not set, unable to open the $PRODUCT_NAME user interface."
   exit 1

if "$BINDIR"/vmware-modconfig --appname="VMware Player" --icon="vmware-player" &&
   /sbin/modinfo vmmon; then
   exec "$libdir"/bin/"vmplayer" "$@"

exit 1

Here are screenshots of a Debian Squeeze Server running under VMware Player...

... and of an Ubuntu 11.04 desktop:


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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