VMware Workstation is a software installed on a desktop and it facilitates the creation of virtual machines. This enables one to have Virtual machines of different operating systems running off the host resources. In this guide we are going to see how to install VMware workstation on Linux Mint 20.

Step 1: Install required packages

Before installing VMware Player on Linux Mint 20, you first need to update your system and install the required packages using the commands below:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y wget gcc build-essential linux-headers-generic linux-headers-$(uname -r)

Step 2: Download VMware Workstation

Once all the packages have been installed, go ahead to download VMware workstation using wget as shown in the below command.

cd /tmp
wget --user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:75.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/75.0" https://www.vmware.com/go/getplayer-linux

Step 3: Install VMware Workstation

Afer downloading VMware player to your Linux Mint 20, run the below commands to install:

chmod +x getplayer-linux
sudo ./getplayer-linux

Installation will run and you will see an output telling you the installation was successful.

Once installation is complete, it will add VMware Workstation icon to your system applications. Click on it to launch your VMware Workstation. This will open an interactive wizard to complete VMware workstation set up. Accept the licence agreement and click next.

In the next page, accept to update and click next

The next page will ask you if you would like to join participate in VMware Customer Experience Improvement and the page that follows asks for product key. Since we do not have one, we choose to use VMware player for free then click finish.

When done, you will see an output as below, welcoming you to VMware Workstation.

Step 4: Create a virtual machine on VMware workstation

To create a virtual machine on VMware workstation, click on Create a New Virtual Machine. In my case,i have already downloaded a iso image for Linux Mint which I am going to use to create a virtual machine.

In the next page, choose use ISO image the browse the location from your local machine and click next

Next, specify guest operating system for your ISO. For my case it is Linux and the version is Ubuntu.

Click Next. In the next page, give a name to your VM and specify location for it to store its data the click Next

Now specify virtual machine disk size in the next page. Next, confirm all the settings and you can change where necessary then click finish. Virtual machine has been successfully created. Go ahead to install the Operating system for the virtual machine and enjoy using it!

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