How To Install VMware Workstation 11 On Ubuntu 14.10

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.

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  • 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!

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33 thoughts on “How To Install VMware Workstation 11 On Ubuntu 14.10”

  1. the command and response I just entered just now somehow didn’t appear in the post.

    I got a “command not found” when attempting to execute the *.bundle file.

    1. Make sure that you execute doing
      sudo ./VWware-name-of-the-bundle.bundle

      Do not
      sudo ./VMware-blah-blahblah*.bundle

      The * refers to whatever file you have downloaded.

      And if that doesnt work make sure you chmod +x the file first.


  2. When I typin comad:
    sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`

    I get the answer:

    E: could not find package linux-headers-`uname -r`

    What I do wrong? I work on Ubuntu server 14,04

  3. Any luck getting bridged networking enabled? My guest gets a valid address from DHCP, but it cannot talk out. Under Virtualbox, I had to create a group and alter permissions on a /dev device to get bridged working. So far, no luck with VMWare.

  4. Hello, i have two troubles.
    1. when install show
    ( Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: “murrine”,
    Gtk-Message: Failed to load module “canberra-gtk-module”: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
    but run vmware. (i followed the points as showed)
    2. when run a virtual machine with windows 7×64, ubuntu freezes.

    I try.
    1. make a new installation of ubuntu and virtual machine
    2. test the hardware
    3. test graphical drivers
    Do you have a idea?

  5. Go head and try to run it now…”unable to start service”…vmware on linux is always garbage! Virtualbox don’t give this dogcrap company any money!

  6. Thanks fro the tutorial!!!Is amazingly clear, one thing that happened to me was that the
    “cd ~/Downloads” command did not worked properly with the special characters, so I just typed “cd Downloads” plain in order to browse the files and it worked out fine. Thanks again!

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