How to Install VMware Workstation on CentOS 7 Linux

In this tutorial we are going to learn how to install VMware Workstation on CentOS 7 Linux.

Install VMware Workstation on CentOS 7 Linux

It is very easy to install  VMware Workstation on CentOS 7 with following three steps.

Step One

Install kernel headers and gcc compiler

Before we begin the VMware installation. we need to install following three packages kernel-devel, kernel-headers and gcc compiler. Because without those packages, VMware Workstation will not work on CentOS 7 Linux.

Login as root user and install kernel headers and gcc compiler on CentOS 7 using yum command

yum install kernel-devel kernel-headers gcc

Step two

Download VMware Workstation for Linux CentOS 7

Go to following URL www.vmware.com/products/workstation/workstation-evaluation and download VMware Workstation for Linux 64-bit  installer. It is a file with  .bundle extension, which we can run using Linux sh command.

VMware Workstation for Linux 64-bit
Step three

Run .bundle file with sh command

After download is finished. Log in to the command line as a root user, then run the installer (.bundle file) using sh command.

sh VMware-Workstation-Full-12.1.0-3272444.x86_64.bundle

install vmware workstation .bundle file

First, you will be asked to accept couple license agreements. Use enter key to read  the License  agreement and at the end type yes, when you get the prompt asking Do you agree ?

Next, You will be prompted for the configuration settings, Continue with the default settings by pressing enter key.

And finally you will be asked for the license key.  The License key is optional, Leave it blank and press enter to install  VMware Workstation on CentOS 7.

License key

After the installation is finished, you can open the workstation from the CentOS 7 application menu under the  System Tools sub category.

open VMware workstation from CentOS 7 Application menu

VMware Workstation for Linux CentOS 7 also includes VMware player which is free for personal use, but with limited features.