VMware workstation 11 has been released and this brief tutorial is going to show you how to install it in Ubuntu. Installing on Windows is easy, just go and grab the executable file for your version of Windows and install. I’ve just installed it on my Windows 8.1 machine.

This new release supports the latest processors and hardware and the ability to connect to VMware’s VCloud Air.

With support for more than 200 operating systems, including Microsoft latest Windows 10 preview, VMware Workstation is a great tool to have if you’re an IT person.  It also supports the latest Intel 64-bit and x86 processors including the new Haswell microarchitecture for maximum performance.

You can now create a virtual machine which supports up to 16 vCPU, 8 TB virtual disk and 64 GB memory to run the most demanding applications in your virtualized environment. There are more that are including in the release that are not mentioned above, including support for higher resolution displays like the new QHD+ used in most laptops today.

For more about this released, please visit this page.

  • Installing VMware 11 On Ubuntu 14.10

To install VMware 11 on Ubuntu, follow the below steps. The first thing is that you prepare the Ubuntu machine that you want to use as a host machine. The host machine is the machine want to install VMware workstation software on.

The virtual or guest machines are the ones created from within VMware Workstation software.

To get started, open the command console and run the commands below.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade && sudo apt-get autoremove

The commands above updates Ubuntu and remove unwanted packages including old kernel modules.

Next, run the commands below to install required packages for VMware to function on Ubuntu.

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

After that, go and download version 11 of VMware workstation. You must have an account with VMware in order to get it.


Once you download it, most likely in your ~/Downloads folder, run the commands below to install it.

cd ~/Downloads

Next, extract or unzip the downloaded content by running the commands below if you downloaded the .zip archive.

unzip VMware-Workstation-Full*.zip

If you did not download the zipped archive, then run the commands below to make the installer executable.

chmod +x VMware-Workstation-Full*.bundle

Next, run the commands below to begin the installation

sudo ./VMware-Workstation-Full*.bundle

You should then see WMware’s installation wizard to complete the installation.

vmware workstation installation


Accept the license agreement to continue.

vmware workstation

Follow the wizard and accept the defaults until you’re done. At the end of the wizard, click Install to install.

After installing, go to Unity Dash and launch VMware workstation

vmware workstation


That’s it!