How To Install VMware Player In Ubuntu 13.10

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VMware Player is the best application for desktop and server virtualization in Linux. I prefer it more than Oracle’s VirtualBox. In this small tutorial, we are going to see how to install VMware Player in Ubuntu 13.10.

With a virtual machine application like VMware, you can run another operating system inside the current OS. For example, I want to review the latest launched Pear OS 8 Linux. Now I have few ways to use Pear OS. I install it on a USB stick and use it as live USB or install it alongside  other OS or install it as the sole OS. In this scenario, I’ll be happy to install Pear OS inside Ubuntu as a virtual machine. I’ll be able to use it without leaving my main OS Ubuntu 13.10. Lets see how to install VMware in Ubuntu 13.10.

Install VMware in Ubuntu 13.10:

To install VMware Player in Ubuntu 13.10 folow the steps below:

Step 1: Install required build packages

Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and use the command below to install required build packages and Linux Kernel headers:

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

Step 2: Download VMware player

Next step would be to download the VMware Player from their website. Click on this link to download VMWare Player. Of course its free to download. Depending upon your OS architecture, download the 32 or 64 bit version. Don’t worry if you see a .txt or .bundle file. That actually is the installer.

Download VMware Player

Step 3: Install VMware Player

Assuming that it has been downloaded to ~/Download directory and you are using BASH, use the following command to install VMware Player:

gksudo bash ~/Downloads/VMware-Player*

This will open an installation window. If it does not, you may have to change the execution permission on the downloaded file in the following manner:

chmod +x ~/Downloads/VMware-Player

Step 4: Installing VMware Player

From here, it’s no rocket science. Like any other application, click on next in most of the screen. For your ease, I have listed the screenshots here:

install VMware Player in Ubuntu 13.10

Install VMware Player in Ubuntu 13.10

install VMware Player in Ubuntu 13.10

install VMware Player in Ubuntu 13.10

install VMware Player in Ubuntu 13.10

install VMware Player in Ubuntu 13.10

Install VMware Player in Ubuntu 13.10

And that would be it. I will show you how to configure VMware Player with an OS in another post soon. Any questions or suggestions are most welcome. Stay in touch. Ciao :)

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  • Diego B.

    Heyyy It works so fine !!! Thanks a lot.

  • Guest

    Missing a step. You should do a Checksum when downloading to ensure the integrity of the download against man in the middle attack. In a shell sha1sum VMware* You can view the Checksums by clicking More Details on the Download page. The checksums should match. Otherwise thanks for helpful article. An article on verifying the Sha1 Checksum.

    • Abhishek Prakash


      Thanks for mentioning it. Well, most of the time you don’t need to do checksum. Its more kind of optional step.

  • Anna

    Thank you!!!

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Anna.

  • Ranit

    works fine !!

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  • Kodyl

    Yes thanks for sharing !

    • Abhishek Prakash