How to Install VMware Workstation 16 Pro in Linux Mint 21

This article shows you how to set up VMware Workstation 16 Pro which allows you to run virtual computers on Linux Mint 21.

If you are using one of the popular Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint and you want to use Microsoft’s Windows operating system on your computer, you can do this by installing VMware Workstation.

VMware Workstation is a paid and professional virtualization software, but you can also use the free version Player. Also, you can try the program for 30 days before deciding to buy it and decide to buy it later.

You can follow this video tutorial or the steps below to install VMware software to create a virtual machine on the latest version of Linux Mint.

Step 1: To download VMware to your Linux computer, visit the website from the link below.

Step 2: Click Download in the “VMware Workstation 16 for Linux” option on the VMware download page.

Step 3: In order to install the bundle extension program you downloaded on your computer, open the terminal and go to the Downloads location by using the cd command.

cd ~/Downloads

Step 4: When you list the contents of the directory with the ls command, you can see the VMware-Workstation-Full*.bundle file.

Step 5: Use the chmod command to make the bundle file executable.

chmod +x VMware-Workstation-Full*.bundle

Step 6: To install the Workstation software, run the bundle file with the sudo command.

sudo ./VMware-Workstation-Full*.bundle

Step 7: After installing VMware Workstation, install the necessary dependent packages.

sudo apt install build-essential

Step 8: Find VMware from the start menu and run it.

Step 9: Accept the license agreement of the VMware program and the OVF Tool agreement.

Step 10: When you run the program, enable checking for updates at startup and confirm to participate in the VMware customer experience improvement program.

Step 11: If you purchased the program in the product key window, type your license key. If you only want to test the program, activate the 30-day trial period.

Step 12: You can find out the version of the virtualization software you have installed from Help / About.

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