In this brief guide, we will see how to use the terminal to install VMware Player 5.0.2 in the following Ubuntu/Linux Mint distributions:

  • Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04 or older
  • Linux Mint 15/14/13 or older
  • Any other Ubuntu-based distro..

Install first some dependencies required by VMware with the following command:

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

For 32-bit systems, you can install VMware Player using these commands from the terminal:

mkdir ~/VMware && cd ~/VMware 
wget -c -O VMware-Player-5.0.2-1031769.i386.bundle.tar 
tar -xvf VMware-Player-5.0.2-1031769.i386.bundle.tar 
chmod +x VMware-Player-5.0.2-1031769.i386.bundle 
sudo sh VMware-Player-5.0.2-1031769.i386.bundle

You will be prompted to agree with the license agreement, press Q and type yes, then follow the installation wizard to finish the installation of VMware Player 5.0.2.

 For 64-bit systems, install the software with these commands:

mkdir ~/VMware && cd ~/VMware 
wget -c -O VMware-Player-5.0.2-1031769.x86_64.bundle.tar 
tar -xvf VMware-Player-5.0.2-1031769.x86_64.bundle.tar 
chmod +x VMware-Player-5.0.2-1031769.x86_64.bundle 
sudo sh VMware-Player-5.0.2-1031769.x86_64.bundle