How to Install VMware Workstation 12 on Ubuntu 16.04 / Linux Mint 18

As we know that VMware Workstation is the most popular Virtualization software used at the desktop level on Linux like operating systems and Microsoft Windows. It allows the us to create and run multiple Virtual machines simultaneously. VMware Workstation is not an open source or free software so we need to buy its license key, though we can use its trail version for 30 days then later you can apply its license key.

In this article we will demonstrate how to install latest version of VMware workstation 12 on Debian based operating systems like Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Linux Mint 18.

Follow the below steps to install VMware Workstation 12

Step:1 Install dependent packages for VMware Workstation

Open the terminal and type following apt command.

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt install gcc build-essential -y

Step:2 Download VMware Workstation 12 from its Official Site

Access the following url from your web broswer to download trail version of Vmware Workstation 12 on your system

Step:3 Start VMware Workstation 12 installation from the terminal

Before starting the installation, let’s us set the executable permissions on the downloaded bundle file.

[email protected]:~/Downloads$ chmod +x Vmware-Workstation-Full-12.1.1-3770994.x86_64.bundle

Now Start the VMware Workstation installer by executing the downloaded bundle file.

[email protected]:~/Downloads$ sudo ./Vmware-Workstation-Full-12.1.1-3770994.x86_64.bundle


Accept the License agreement and click on Next..

Select Yes option if you want to check updates on startup otherwise select No


Click on Next to proceed further.

In this step select either Yes or No depending upon your choice.


Enter the user name who will have the rights to connect VMware Workstation Server, In my case user name is “linuxtechi


Specify the folder or directory on which Shared Virtual machine’s files will be stored. You can change its path as per your requirement. In my case i am keeping as it is.


Https port for VMware Workstation Server


In Case you have the license Key of VMware Workstation12 enter it here otherwise leave it blank for trail version.


Click on Install as VMware Workstation 12 setup is ready.


In this step we can see that VMware workstation 12 installation has started and is in progress.


Installation Completed Successfully.


Step:4 Access and start using VMware Workstation 12

Click on VMware Workstation icon


As we are using trail version of VMware workstation so select the second option and in case you have license key then select the first option.













Now the installation is completed, start creating virtual machines !!!!

Step:5 Install Open VM Tools in the Virtual Machine.

In my case i have created Debian based virtual machine (Linux Mint 18)

Linux-Mint-18-VMware Workstation

Login to the machine and open the terminal and type beneath command to install open vm tools.

[email protected] ~ $ sudo apt install open-vm-tools

Remove / Uninstall VMware Workstation

Type the beneath command to remove or uninstall VMware Workstation completely from your system

[email protected]:~$ sudo vmware-installer -u vmware-workstation


Select ‘No’ option and click on Next..

Uninstalling of VMware Workstation 12 is in progress.



8 thoughts on “How to Install VMware Workstation 12 on Ubuntu 16.04 / Linux Mint 18”

  1. Hi i did all the steps but the problem is the vmware workstation 12 wont start at all i cliked multiple times even unistalled and installed again ,what should i do?thank you on answer cheers

    1. I have the same problem. Check the logs. I have found that i have problems with /etc/init.d/usbarbitrator but I dont have solution

  2. Hi Steve
    I faced the same problem and I solve it by update vmware workstation 12 to 12.5
    You can solve it in 2 way
    First way : If you already install vmware workstation 12 on Linux mint 18 then download 12.5 from VMware site it’s free. Then follow the procedure to update from 12 to 12.5 by read official documentation of vmware ‘’
    Second way : Uninstall vmware workstation 12 then install 12.5

  3. I have installed and i can run VMware 12.5 in LTS 16.04 Ubuntu. But network bridging does not work. When i connect VM interface to the bridged vmnet0 always get an error

  4. I have installed and i can run VMware 12.5 in LTS 16.04 Ubuntu. But network bridging does not work. When i connect VM interface to the bridged vmnet0 always get an error

  5. Does anyone know 1) if a desktop environment for Ubuntu is required for VMware Workstation, and, if so, 2) what is the minimal desktop environment needed (Unity is huge with sketchy video driver support, Gnome is big, what about lxde or lubuntu)?

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