How to Install VMware Workstation Player on Debian 9

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Install VMware Workstation Player on Debian 9

VMware is a mature and stable virtualization solution that allows you to run multiple, isolated operating systems on a single machine.

VMware Workstation Player allows you to create and run your own virtual machines and evaluate software distributed as a virtual appliance from many software vendors available from VMware’s Solution Exchange . VMware Workstation Player is not open-source and it is free only for personal non-commercial use. If you are looking for an open-source virtualization platform, you should try Oracle’s VirtualBox .

This tutorial will show you how to install VMware Workstation Player on Debian 9.


You’ll need to be logged in as a user with sudo access to be able to install packages.

Your Debian machine should meet the following minimum requirements:

  • 1.3GHz or faster 64-bit CPU.
  • 2 GB RAM memory minimum/ 4GB RAM or more recommended.

Installing VMware Workstation Player on Debian

Complete the following steps to install VMware Workstation Player on Debian 9:

1. Install Required Packages

Open your terminal update the packages list and install the build dependencies by running:

sudo apt updatesudo apt install build-essentialsudo apt install linux-headers-$(dpkg --print-architecture)

2. Download VMware Workstation Player

To download the latest version of VMware Workstation Player you can either visit the VMware downloads page and download the installation bundle with your web browser or use the following wget command :

wget --user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:60.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/60.0"

Once the download is completed make the installation file executable by issuing the following chmod command:

chmod +x getplayer-linux
At the time of writing this article, the latest version of VMware Workstation Player is version 15.0.0.

3. Install VMware Workstation Player

The installation process is seamless, just follow the on-screen instructions.

Start the Installation wizard by typing:

sudo ./getplayer-linux

A screen similar to the following will be displayed. Accept the terms in the license agreement and click on the Next button.

debian vmware accept license

Next, you will be asked whether you like to check for product updates on startup. Make your selection and click on the Next button.

debian vmware updates

VMware’s Customer Experience Improvement Program (“CEIP”) helps VMware to improve their products and services by sending anonymous system data and usage information to VMware. If you prefer not to participate in the program select No and click on the Next button.

debian vmware ceip

In the next step, you will be prompted to enter the licence key. VMware Workstation Player is free for personal non-commercial use. Purchasing a license key will enable the Pro features an can be used commercially.

If you don’t have a license key, leave the field empty and click on the Next button.

debian vmware license key

Next, you will see the following page informing you that the VMware Workstation Player is ready to be installed. Click on the Install button.

debian vmware accept license

The installation may take several minutes. During the installation, you will see information about the progress. Once completed the following screen will appear informing you that the Mware Workstation Player is successfully installed.

debian vmware accept installed

4. Start VMware Workstation Player

Now that VMware Workstation Player is installed on your Debian system you can launch it by clicking on the VMware Player icon (Activities -> VMware Workstation Player).

debian vmware activities

When you start VMware Player for the first time, a window like the following will appear asking you whether you like to use VMware Workstation Player free for personal non-commercial use or enter a license.

debian vmware non commercial

Make your selection, click on the OK button and the VMware Player application will start.

debian vmware workstation player

Uninstalling VMware

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]:

Type “yes” or “no” and VMware Player will be removed from your system:

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


At this point, you have successfully installed VMware Workstation Player on your Debian 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.