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Installing VMware Products on Unsupported Linux Distributions (1623)

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  • You cannot install a VMware product on a Linux host computer.
  • The version of Linux you are running is not on the list of supported host operating systems and kernels.
  • You see errors indicating that the VMware product installer could not build necessary modules.


For a list of Linux distributions and kernel versions that are supported hosts for your VMware product, see:
  • The Release Notes and Introduction and System Requirements in the Workstation User's Manual in the VMware documentation for your version of Workstation.
  • The Release Notes and Supported Host and Guest Operating Systems for VMware Player in the Getting Started Guide in the VMware documentation for your version of VMware Player.
If you are running a supported Linux distribution and generates an error message saying there are no prebuilt modules that match your running kernel and fails to compile, please file a support request. For more information, see Filing a Support Request in My VMware (2006985).
Note: If you are using Workstation 6.5.x or later, it does not use Instead, you may see an error when running vmware or sudo vmware. For more information, see VMware Workstation stops functioning after updating the kernel on a Linux host (KB 1002411)
If you are running an unsupported distribution or using an unsupported kernel version and are not able to compile modules or install your VMware product, VMware recommends that you use a supported Linux distribution and kernel version or explore the VMware community support forums. There are regular discussions on the forums about the latest development kernels and workarounds for building VMware product modules.


host-type-unsupported  installation-fails

Update History

08/23/2012 - Added Workstation 9.x to Product Versions. 09/06/2013 - Added VMware Player 6.x (Linux) and Workstation 10.x (Linux) to Product Versions. 02/12/2014 - Updated for Workstation 11.x 02/12/2014 - Updated for Player 7.x

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