Installing VMware Workstation Player 16 on Ubuntu 20.04

System requirements:

  • ≥6th generation i5 or later
  • ≥8 GB of RAM
  • ≥250 GB SSD (120 GB for VM)

You will need to download VMware Workstation Player 16 for Linux.


open up a terminal and type in:sudo apt install build-essential

sudo is an abbreviation for super user do and apt is an abbreviation for advanced package tool. install will install a package, in this case the package named build-essential.

Because super user do (sudo) was typed in you will need to authorise this with your password.

Then input:Y

In order to proceed with the install.

The perquisites should now be installed:

Install VMware Player

Change the directory to Downloads:

cd Downloads

The console will now be open in the Downloads folder.

In the downloads folder you should have the VMware Player file. Right click it and select rename, then copy its name including its .bundle extension:

Install the bundle file using:sudo sh VMware-Player-16.0.0-16894299.x86_64.bundle

sh is an abbreviation used for a shell install. If a newer version of VMware player is available use that file name instead of the one above. You can paste the file name in the console by right clicking the console and selecting paste.

VMware Player should now be installed:

You can launch it from All Applications:

Accept the License Agreement and select Next:

Accept the License Agreement and select Next:

You can optionally search for updates at start-up:

You can optionally join the VMware customer experience program:

You can either License VMware Player for Commercial use or use it for Free for non-commercial use:

You will need to authenticate these settings. Input your password and select Authenticate:

Select OK at the welcome screen:

For some reason, the VMware software update informs you about the version you just installed… you can close this:

You will see the main VMware window:

Enabling Virtualization Technologies with your UEFI BIOS

In order to create a VM, you will need to enable CPU Virtualisation technologies in your UEFI BIOS Setup. Power up your Dell and press [F2], if using a Lenovo press [F1]:

Look for Virtualization Support. Enable Intel Virtualization Technology:

Enable VT for Direct I/O:

You do not need Trusted Execution (this is only required if using a service like Windows 10 BitLocker in a Windows 10 VM):

Save the changes and exit the UEFI BIOS Setup:

Create New Machine Owner Key (MOK) with vmnet and vmmon Services

If you have Secure Boot Enabled you will get the following error message:

Could not open /dev/-vmmon: No such file or directory. Please make sure that the kernel module 'vmmon' is loaded.

This is because two critical services do not start due to Secure Boot. To add these when Ubuntu Boots we need to create a MOK.

Create a New MOK Key:openssl req –new -x509 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout MOK.priv -outform DER -out MOK.der -nodes -days 36500 -subj "/CN=VMware/"

The blank MOK file will be created

Add the vmmon service to it:sudo /usr/src/linux-headers-`uname -r`/scripts/sign-file sha256 ./MOK.priv ./MOK.der $(modinfo -n vmmon)

Because the command begins with super user do, you will need to authenticate it:

The service will be added to the MOK file:

Add the vmnet service to it:sudo /usr/src/linux-headers-`uname -r`/scripts/sign-file sha256 ./MOK.priv ./MOK.der $(modinfo -n vmnet)

Switch to a super user:sudo su

Send the MOK to the UEFI BIOS:mokutil –import MOK.der

You will need to create and confirm a one time MOK password which you will supply to your UEFI BIOS.

Close the Terminal and Reboot.

You will be taken to the MOK management screen within your UEFI BIOS/ Select Enroll MOK:

Select Continue:

Select Yes to Enroll the key(s):

Input the password (note on my systems there is no indication on the screen for character input) and then press [↵]:

Then select Reboot:

Ubuntu should then Boot: