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The article provide steps to download and install VMware Workstation.


Before starting
Before downloading and installing VMware Workstation:

Downloading VMware Workstation

To download VMware Workstation:

  1. Navigate to the VMware Workstation Download Center.
  2. Based on your requirements, click Go to Downloads for VMware Workstation for Windows or VMware Workstation for Linux.
  3. Click Download Now.
  4. If prompted, log in to your My VMware profile. If you do not have a profile, create one. For more information, see How to create a My VMware profile (2007005).
  5. Ensure that your profile is complete and enter all mandatory fields. For more information, see How to update your My VMware profile (2086266).
  6. Review the End User License Agreement and click Yes.
  7. Click Download Now.
If the installer fails to download during the download process:

Installing VMware Workstation

  • You must have only one VMware Workstation installed at a time. You must uninstall previous version of  VMware Workstation before installing a new version.
  • If the installer reports an error when you run it, you must verify the download. For more information, see Verifying the integrity of downloaded installer files (1537).

To install VMware Workstation on a Windows host:

  1. Log in to the Windows host system as the Administrator user or as a user who is a member of the local Administrators group.
  2. Open the folder where the VMware Workstation installer was downloaded. The default location is the Downloads folder for the user  account on the Windows host.

    Note: The installer file name is similar to VMware-workstation-full-xxxx-xxxx.exe, where xxxx-xxxx is the version and build numbers.

  3. Right-click the installer and click Run as Administrator.
  4. Select a setup option:
    • Typical: Installs typical Workstation features. If the Integrated Virtual Debugger for Visual Studio or Eclipse is present on the host system, the associated Workstation plug-ins are installed.
    • Custom: Lets you select which Workstation features to install and specify where to install them. Select this option if you need to change the shared virtual machines directory, modify the VMware Workstation Server port, or install the enhanced virtual keyboard driver. The enhanced virtual keyboard driver provides better handling of international keyboards and keyboards that have extra keys.

  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the installation.
  6. Restart the host machine.
To install VMware Workstation on a Linux host:
Note: VMware Workstation for Linux is available as a .bundle download in the VMware Download Center. The Linux bundle installer starts a GUI wizard on most Linux distributions. In some Linux distributions, the bundle installer starts a command-line wizard instead of a GUI wizard.
  1. Log in to the Linux host with the user account that you plan to use with VMware Workstation.
  2. Open a terminal interface. For more information, see Opening a command or shell prompt (1003892).
  3. Change to root. For example:

    su root

    Note: The command that you use depends on your Linux distribution and configuration.

  4. Change directories to the directory that contains the VMware Workstation bundle installer file. The default location is the Download directory.
  5. Run the appropriate Workstation installer file for the host system.

    For example:

    sh VMware-workstation-Full-xxxx-xxxx.architecture.bundle [--option]

    • xxxx-xxxx is the version and build numbers
    • architecture is i386 or x86_64
    • option is a command line option.

      This table describes the command line options:

      Option Description
      --gtk Opens the GUI-based VMware installer, which is the default option.
      --console Use the terminal for installation.
      --custom Use this option to customize the locations of the installation directories and set the hard limit for the number of open file descriptors.
      --regular Shows installation questions that have not answered before or are required. This is the default option.




      Allows the installation to continue even if there is an error in one of the installer scripts. Because the section that has an error does not complete, the component might not be properly configured.
      --required Shows the license agreement only and then proceeds to install Workstation

  6. Accept the license agreement.

    Note: If you are using the --console option or installing VMware Workstation on a Linux host that does not support the GUI wizard, press Enter to scroll through and read the license agreement or type q to skip to the yes/no prompt.

  7. Follow the on-screen instructions or prompts to finish the installation.
  8. Restart the Linux host.

After installation

On Windows host systems:
  • The installer creates a desktop shortcut, a quick launch shortcut, or a combination of these options in addition to a Start Menu item.
  • To start VMware Workstation on a Windows host system, select Start > Programs > VMware Workstation.
On Linux host systems:
  • VMware Workstation can be started from the command line on all Linux distributions.
  • On some Linux distributions, VMware Workstation can be started in the GUI from the System Tools menu under Applications.
  • To start VMware Workstation on a Linux host system from the command line, run the vmware & command in a terminal window. For more information, see Opening a command or shell prompt (1003892).

    For example:

    /usr/bin/vmware &
When you start the Workstation for the first time, Workstation prompts you to accept the End User License Agreement. After you start Workstation, the Workstation window opens.

See Also

Update History

02/12/2014 - Updated for Workstation 11.x

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