Install VMware Player on Ubuntu 13.04

VMWare Player is my favourite virtualization software. I use it to test a lot of Linux Distributions, on both Windows and Linux.

In this article I will show you what you have to do for a successful installation, but I will not guide you for the Next -> Next -> Finish steps.

Let’s start installing VMWare player on Ubuntu 13.04.

1. Install the needed dependencies:

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

2. Download VMWare Player from the official site.

3. Add execution permissions on the VMWare downloaded file:

$ cd ~/Downloads
$ chmod +x VMware-Player-*.bundle

4. Execute VMWare-Player and continue the installation from the Graphical User Interface:

$ sudo ./VMware-Player-*.bundle

This is everything. Enjoy.

 

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9 comments on “Install VMware Player on Ubuntu 13.04
  1. Rolando says:

    Why doesn’t start the gui, but the setup proceed in text mode?
    I must solve this problem even for Sybase ASA, that is affected by the same problem, the setup start in text mode!

    • Serge says:

      Hi. Im new to ubuntu but trying to learn. I would like to install wm ware player on my new installation of ubuntu 13.04 according to the procedure above but I cannot seem to get the graphical installer starting. Instead I just get the text ”

      “you must accept the VMware OVF Tool component for Linux End User License Agreement to continue”

      When i press enter I just get a very long text but no option to continue.

      Help would be much appreciated.

      Below I have included the commands I use:

      sr1@sr1-ThinkPad-R500:~$ sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`
      [sudo] password for sr1:
      Reading package lists… Done
      Building dependency tree
      Reading state information… Done
      build-essential is already the newest version.
      linux-headers-3.8.0-19-generic is already the newest version.
      0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
      sr1@sr1-ThinkPad-R500:~$ cd ~/Downloads
      sr1@sr1-ThinkPad-R500:~/Downloads$ chmod +x VMware-Player-*.bundle
      sr1@sr1-ThinkPad-R500:~/Downloads$ sudo ./VMware-Player-*.bundle
      Extracting VMware Installer…done.
      You must accept the VMware OVF Tool component for Linux End User
      License Agreement to continue. Press Enter to proceed.

      • Geekster says:

        you need to accept the terms to continue with the graphical installation. you have either to scroll down the term list to unlock continue / next, either to thick some box saying you accept

  2. Tioraul says:

    press space a couple of times then you have tu press y (yes)

  3. Zack says:

    hey guys i’ve got a problem from the first command
    this is what i get when i type the first command (sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`)
    and this what i get when i type it (Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Package build-essential is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source

    E: Package ‘build-essential’ has no installation candidate)
    can anyone help me please :/ i’m new to this

  4. linuxlover says:

    hi,
    thnx Geekster, and thnx Tioraul for help

  5. Zak says:

    Great!!!!! Thanks guys!!! The two comprehensive posts of Serge and Tioraul sorted out everything!!!

  6. KK says:

    Thanks a lot!!

    it worked for me after a spending a lot of time on internet this solution solved the problem.

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