How to Install VMware Workstation Pro Ubuntu 20.04

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 useful as well for Linux users who run numerous copies of distributions.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install VMware PRO 16 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

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

Then you will need to install the Build Essential and GNU Compiler.


  • Recommended OS: Ubuntu 20.04
  • User account: A user account with sudo or root access.
  • 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.
  • General Host OS Requirements.
  • VMware Workstation Pro and Player run on most 64-bit Windows or Linux host operating systems: Windows 10. Windows Server 2019.

Update Operating System

Update your Ubuntu 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@ubuntu ~]$ sudo whoami

To set up an existing or new sudo account, visit our tutorial on How to Add a User to Sudoers on Ubuntu.

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


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.

How to Install VMware Workstation Pro on Ubuntu 20.04

Select “Save File” and hit ok.

How to Install VMware Workstation Pro on Ubuntu 20.04

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

VMWare Workstation Bundle Permissions

Once you have completed the download, open the directory you have downloaded the bundle file. Usually, this would be in your downloads directory, and we will make it executable with the following command.

sudo chmod +x VMware-Workstation-Full-16.1.2-17966106.x86_64.bundle

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

ls -l
How to Install VMware Workstation Pro on Ubuntu 20.04

Install VMWare Workbench Pro 16

The final part of the installation is to proceed with the following install command.

sudo bash VMware-Workstation-Full-16.1.2-17966106.x86_64.bundle

Depending on how powerful the host machine is, 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 on Ubuntu 20.04

Launch & Complete Setup of VMware 16 Pro

Next, we go to find VMWare Workbench located in Ubuntu’s application menu.

How to Install VMware Workstation Pro on Ubuntu 20.04

Click VMware workstation. Next, it will take you to the initial setup and agreements. Select accept terms and hit next.

How to Install VMware Workstation Pro on Ubuntu 20.04

Now, a second license agreement comes up. Agree as above and hit continue. You will then check for products upon startup. This should be left as default and on.

How to Install VMware Workstation Pro on Ubuntu 20.04

VMware’s customer experience improvement program features next, select yes or no, then hit next.

How to Install VMware Workstation Pro on Ubuntu 20.04

Enter your product key, trial out VMware Workbench 16 Pro for 30 days, and then hit finish.

How to Install VMware Workstation Pro on Ubuntu 20.04

Congratulations, the install is complete, and VMware Workbench will open. If you are on trial, it will give you a pop-up message the first time it opens.

How to Install VMware Workstation Pro on Ubuntu 20.04

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 workbench 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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