VMware is a mature and stable virtualization solution that allows you to run  multiple, isolated operating systems on a single machine. You can create  your own virtual machines and evaluate software distributed as a  virtual appliance from many software vendors available from VMware’s Solution Exchange.

This tutorial will guide you through the steps of installing VMware Workstation Player on CentOS 7.

VMware  Workstation Player is not open-source and it is free only for personal  non-commercial use. If you are looking for an open-source virtualization  platform, you should try Oracle’s VirtualBox.

Prerequisites

Before you proceed with this tutorial, make sure you are logged in as a user with sudo privileges.

To install and use VMware Workstation Player, your system should meet the following requirements:

  • 1.3GHz or faster 64-bit CPU.
  • 2 GB RAM memory minimum/ 4GB RAM or more recommended.

Installing VMware Workstation Player on CentOS

At the time of writing this article, the latest version of VMware Workstation Player is version 15.0.2.

Complete the following steps to install VMware Workstation Player on CentOS 7:

1. Download VMware Workstation Player

Download the latest version of VMware Workstation Player by running the following wget command:

wget --user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:60.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/60.0" https://www.vmware.com/go/getplayer-linux

Once the download is completed make the installation file executable using the following chmod command:

chmod +x getplayer-linux

2. Install VMware Workstation Player

The installation is quite easy, just follow the on-screen instructions. Start the Installation wizard by typing:

sudo ./getplayer-linux

A screen similar to the following will be displayed. Accept the terms in the license agreement and click on the Next button.

Next, you will be asked whether you like to check for product updates on startup. Make your selection and click on the Next button.

VMware’s Customer Experience  Improvement Program (“CEIP”) helps VMware to improve their products and  services by sending anonymous system data and usage information to  VMware. If you prefer not to participate in the program select No and click on the Next button.

In the next step, you will be  prompted to enter the license key. VMware Workstation Player is free for  personal non-commercial use. Purchasing a license key will enable the  Pro features an can be used commercially.

If you don’t have a license key, leave the field empty and click on the Next button.

Next, you will see the following page informing you that the VMware Workstation Player is ready to be installed. Click on the Install button.

The  installation may take several minutes. During the installation, you  will see information about the progress. Once completed the following  screen will appear informing you that the VMware Workstation Player is  successfully installed.

3. Start VMware Workstation Player

Now that VMware Workstation Player is installed on your CentOS system you can launch it by clicking on the VMware Player icon (Applications -> System Tools -> VMware Workstation Player).

When you start VMware Player for  the first time, a window like the following will appear asking you  whether you like to use VMware Workstation Player free for personal  non-commercial use or enter a license.

Make your selection, click on the OK button and the VMware Player application will start.

Conclusion

At  this point, you have successfully installed VMware Workstation Player  on your CentOS system. You can now explore the application options and  create your first virtual machine.

To learn more about VMware Workstation Player visit their official documentation page.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.