How to Install VMware Workstation Pro Linux Mint 20

VMware Workstation is a virtual machine software used for x86 and x86-64 computers to run multiple, isolated operating systems over a single physical host machine. Each virtual machine can run a single instance of any operating system such as FreeBSD, Linux, macOS, or Windows. VMware was established in 1998 with a solid history of producing high-quality products for virtualization, with VMware Workstation being launched in 2001.

Widespread use for virtual machines is to run isolated environments for production or in running services for services. With VMware for production, you can swap between settings quickly. If resources permit the host operating system, you can have multiple virtualization operating systems running separately or working together. This is also useful for Linux users who run numerous copies of distributions.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install VMware PRO 16 on Linux Mint 20.

Note Workstation Pro is a paid software but does come with a 30-day trial.

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Prerequisites

  • Recommended OS: Linux Mint 20 or higher.
  • User account: A user account with sudo or root access.
  • Minimum Hardware Specs:
    • A compatible 64-bit x86/AMD64 CPU launched in 2011 or later *
    • 1.3GHz or faster core speed.
    • 2GB RAM minimum / 4GB RAM or more recommended.

Update Operating System

Update your Linux Mint operating system to make sure all existing packages are up to date:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

The tutorial will be using the sudo command and assuming you have sudo status.

To verify sudo status on your account:

sudo whoami

Example output showing sudo status:

[joshua@linuxmint ~]$ sudo whoami
root

To set up an existing or new sudo account, visit our tutorial on Adding a User to Sudoers on Linux Mint.

To use the root account, use the following command with the root password to log in.

su

The tutorial will be utilizing the terminal, and for those unfamiliar, this can be found in your show applications menu.

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How to Install VMware Workstation Pro Linux Mint 20

Install Dependecies

To complete this tutorial and install VMware PRO 16, run the following command to ensure all needed dependencies are installed on your system.

sudo apt install build-essential gcc -y

Download VMware Workstation 16 Pro

Visit the official download page of VMware Workstation Pro, and select “DOWNLOAD NOW” under Workstation 16 Pro for Linux.

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How to Install VMware Workstation Pro Linux Mint 20

Next, download by saving it directly to disk the VMware Pro Workstation bundle for Linux.

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How to Install VMware Workstation Pro Linux Mint 20

The bundle is approx 500MB, and it should download quickly unless you are on a limited connection speed.

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Install VMWare Workstation Pro 16

Once you have completed the download, open the directory you have downloaded the bundle file. Usually, this would be in your downloads directory, the next step is to make the bundle executable with the following command.

sudo chmod +x ~/Downloads/VMware-*

The file should have the permissions of “-rwxrwxr-x”, which you can confirm with the following command.

ls -l ~/Downloads/VMware-*

Example output:

How to Install VMware Workstation Pro Linux Mint 20

Next, install the VMware using the following command.

sudo bash ~/Downloads/VMware-*.bundle

Depending on the host machine’s power, the terminal will run for a few minutes, maybe longer.

Once completed, you will see an output as below.

How to Install VMware Workstation Pro Linux Mint 20
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How to Launch & Complete Setup of VMware 16 Pro

Next, find VMWare Workstation located in Linux Mint’s application menu. By default, the location path for Cinnamon DE is Taskbar > Administration > Vmware Workstation.

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How to Install VMware Workstation Pro Linux Mint 20

Click VMware workstation. Next, it will take you to the initial setup and agreements.

Select “I accept terms in the license agreement” for the VMware Workstation.

Click the > Next button to proceed.

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How to Install VMware Workstation Pro Linux Mint 20

Similar to above, select “I accept terms in the license agreement” for the VMware OVF Tool Component for Linux.

Click the > Next button to proceed.

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How to Install VMware Workstation Pro Linux Mint 20

Automatic product updates checking when you launch VMWare Pro, user choice but recommended to leave on.

Click the > Next button to proceed.

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How to Install VMware Workstation Pro Linux Mint 20

VMware’s customer experience improvement program features next.

Select Yes or No, then click the > Next button.

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How to Install VMware Workstation Pro Linux Mint 20

Enter your product key or trial out VMware Workstation 16 Pro for 30 days.

Click the Finish button to complete the first time set up.

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How to Install VMware Workstation Pro Linux Mint 20

Next, launch VMware Workstation Pro.

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How to Install VMware Workstation Pro Linux Mint 20

Congratulations, you have installed VMware Pro.

How to Create an VM with VMware Workstation Pro 16

The tutorial will now quickly go over a quick first-time creation of a VM using VMware Pro and touch on the basics. The tutorial will install another instance of Linux Mint as the guest operating system instead of the default Cinnamon version installed on the host.

First, in your primary home screen of VMware, click on the “Create a New Virtual Machine.”

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How to Install VMware Workstation Pro Linux Mint 20

The first screen you will see is the Virtual Machine Wizard, most users, the “Typical (recommended)” will be fine. For advanced set up you can customize the virtual machine for specific requirements.

Click -> Next button to proceed.

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How to Install VMware Workstation Pro Linux Mint 20

Select the OS to install. Generally, with VMware, you will use a bootable disk, or even more popular, downloading the .iso file directly onto your host and locating it directly if you are constantly creating new virtual machines.

Click -> Next button to proceed.

How to Install VMware Workstation Pro Linux Mint 20

Depending on the operating system, sometimes a warning will occur that cannot detect the operating system on this image. Do not worry. VMware will use a template of default resources to add if it detects the operating system from the image.

The following configuration options are to select the type of Operating System that you will be installing. As mentioned above, this is just a template and given there is no Linux Mint profile, VMware has selected Ubuntu instead.

Click -> Next button to proceed.

How to Install VMware Workstation Pro Linux Mint 20

Set the Virtual Machine Name and, if needed, change the directory of the default installation using the Browse button.

Click -> Next button to proceed.

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How to Install VMware Workstation Pro Linux Mint 20

Now configure the maximum disk size. By default, VMware will provide an estimate from the chosen template. However, it is best to adjust this and give it more room.

The secondary option is using single or multiple files, and both have advantages and disadvantages as described in the multiple-choice. Select which is best for your setup.

Click -> Next button to proceed.

Example output:

How to Install VMware Workstation Pro Linux Mint 20

The last setup gives you an overview of the guest machine and hardware specifications. Here you can customize hardware further, such as increasing memory, changing CPU processor cores or vCPU, changing network adapter from NAT to BRIDGED mode, and much more.

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How to Install VMware Workstation Pro Linux Mint 20

Once you are happy with the hardware specifications, click on the “Finish” button.

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How to Install VMware Workstation Pro Linux Mint 20

When exiting the virtual machine creation wizard, you will see a message alert. For users comfortable with how VMware works, it is best to automatically ignore these by selecting “Don’t show this page again.”

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How to Install VMware Workstation Pro Linux Mint 20

Now, the new Virtual Machine will start to boot, and you should arrive at a familiar screen. From here, you can install Linux Mint 20 alternative guest desktop edition.

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How to Install VMware Workstation Pro Linux Mint 20

And that is it. You have successfully installed created a Virtual Machine to install a guest operating system on with VMware Workstation Pro 16 and Linux Mint 20.

Comments and Conclusion

VMware Workstation Pro is powerful virtualization software. It is probably the most popular in the market compared to other competitors and will serve you well in creating virtual machines. Linux VMware Workstation pro works exceptionally well, just like its Windows counterpart. You can easily copy virtual machines between both platforms and open them without any hassle giving this piece of software the thumbs up for flexibility.

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