In this tutorial, we will help you install the latest version of VMware Player (5.0.1) under a system running Ubuntu/Linux Mint.

You can isntall VMware Player in the following distributions:

  • Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/11.10 or older
  • Linux Mint 13/12 or older
Installing Dependencies

Before installing VMware Player, you need to run this command to install some dependencies:

sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`

VMware Player 5.0.1 Installation

   1. 32-bit Platforms:

To install VMware Player 5.0.1 under a 32-bit system, open the terminal and run these commands:

mkdir ~/VMware && cd ~/VMware 
wget -c -O VMware-Player-5.0.1-894247.i386.bundle.tar 
tar -xvf VMware-Player-5.0.1-894247.i386.bundle.tar 
chmod +x VMware-Player-5.0.1-894247.i386.bundle 
sudo sh VMware-Player-5.0.1-894247.i386.bundle

Then follow setup instructions.

   2. 64-bit Platforms:

For 64-bit systems, you can install VMware Player 5.0.1 with these commands:

mkdir ~/VMware && cd ~/VMware 
wget -c -O VMware-Player-5.0.1-894247.x86_64.bundle.tar 
tar -xvf VMware-Player-5.0.1-894247.x86_64.bundle.tar 
chmod +x VMware-Player-5.0.1-894247.x86_64.bundle 
sudo sh VMware-Player-5.0.1-894247.x86_64.bundle

Then follow setup instructions.