VMware is a mature and stable virtualization solution that allows you to run multiple, isolated operating systems on a single machine.

VMware  Workstation Player allows you to create and run your own virtual  machines and evaluate software distributed as a virtual appliance from  many software vendors available from VMware’s Solution Exchange.  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.

This tutorial will show you how to install VMware Workstation Player on Debian 9.


You’ll need to be logged in as a user with sudo access to be able to install packages.

Your Debian machine should meet the following minimum requirements:

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

Installing VMware Workstation Player on Debian

Complete the following steps to install VMware Workstation Player on Debian 9:

1. Install Required Packages

Open your terminal update the packages list and install the build dependencies by running:

sudo apt update

2. Download VMware Workstation Player

To download the latest version of VMware Workstation Player you can either visit the VMware downloads page and download the installation bundle with your web browser or use 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 by issuing the following chmod command:

chmod +x getplayer-linux

At the time of writing this article, the latest version of VMware Workstation Player is version 15.0.0.

3. Install VMware Workstation Player

The installation process is seamless, 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 licence 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.

4. Start VMware Workstation Player

Now that VMware Workstation Player is installed on your Debian system you can launch it by clicking on the VMware Player icon (Activities -> 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.


At  this point, you have successfully installed VMware Workstation Player  on your Debian 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.