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How to install VMware Workstation on Ubuntu 20.04.02 Focal Fossa

Prerequisites

For proper installation and operation of VMware Player, your system should meet the following requirements:

  • 1.3GHz or faster 64-bit CPU , launched in 2011 or later.
  • 2 GB RAM memory minimum/ 4GB RAM or more recommended

Installing VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu

The first step is to install the build dependencies. Open your terminal and run the following commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install build-essential linux-headers-generic

The latest version of VMware Workstation Player is available for download from the VMware downloads page 

sudo bash ~/Downloads/VMware-Workstation-Full-16.1.2-17966106.x86_64.bundle

Uninstalling VMware Player

If, for some reasons, you want to uninstall VMware Player, use the following command:

sudo /usr/bin/vmware-installer -u vmware-player

You’ll be asked whether you want to keep the configuration files:

All configuration information is about to be removed. Do you wish to
keep your configuration files? You can also input 'quit' or 'q' to
cancel uninstallation. [yes]: 

Press “Enter” and VMware Player will be removed from your system:

Uninstalling VMware Installer 3.0.0
    Deconfiguring...
[######################################################################] 100%
Uninstallation was successful.

Conclusion

We have shown you how to install VMware Workstation Player on your Ubuntu system. You can now explore the application options and create your first virtual machine.

To learn more about VMware Workstation Player, visit their official documentation page.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

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