How to Install VMware Workstation on Ubuntu 18.04

This tutorial explains how to install VMware Workstation on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. VMware Workstation Pro is a fully featured hypervisor that allows you to create virtual machines on your Ubuntu 18.04 desktop.

How to Install VMware Workstation on Ubuntu 18.04

Workstation 14 is the latest version and provides a very powerful environment for creating and managing virtual machines on your Ubuntu desktop.

Following are the steps to install VMware Workstation on Ubuntu 18.04:

Install dependency packages - First, install following dependency packages:

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

Download VMware Workstation - Go to VMware Workstation Pro download page and download the Linux installer.

Download VMware Workstation for Ubuntu 18.04

The installer comes with ".bundle" extension. You should save the file onto your hard drive.

Run the VMware Installer - After the download is finished, open the terminal Cd into the download folder and execute the VMware .bundle file:

sudo sh VMware-Workstation-Full-14.1.2-8497320.x86_64.bundle

You should replace the file name with your own.

Install vmware bundle on ubuntu 18.04

After that you will get the VMware Workstation installer in Graphical user interface. First accept the license agreement and continue with the default options.

vmware workstation ubuntu: accept the license agreement and continue with the default options

The setup wizard will ask for the username of the user that initially connect Workstation Server.  The answer should be the username of your Linux user account.

username of the user that initially connect Workstation Server.

When asked for the license key, leave it black and click next (You can enter the license key, if you have a one. Otherwise, leave it blank).

vmware workstation ubuntu license key

At the end of the setup wizard, Click on the install button to install VMware Workstation on Ubuntu 18.04.

Click on the install button to install VMware Workstation on Ubuntu 18.04.

Once the installation process is complete, Go to Ubuntu application menu and open the VMware Workstation for the first time.

You can use VMware Workstation on Ubuntu for free for 30 days, After that you will have to buy a license key if you want to continue the product.

The VMware package also includes VMware Player which is a free product that allows to create virtual machines, but the VMware Player lacks the advanced features of a good hypervisor. So if you don't want to buy a VMware Workstation license, then use the Oracle VM VirtualBox which  is completely open source and a free hypervisor that have all advanced features you need.