How to Install VMware Workstation Pro 14 on Linux Systems

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60 Responses

  1. N00b says:

    I´m running Fedora 29, workstation 14 will stop even before the install started with the message:
    User interface initialization failed. Exiting. Check the log for details.

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Please install required kernel headers, development tools and ncurses libraries as shown.

      # sudo dnf install kernel-devel kernel-headers
      # sudo dnf group install "Development Tools"
      # sudo dnf install ncurses-compat-libs
  2. Adam Bernstein says:

    You left out one very important detail. You MUST have an x86_64 CPU built in 2011 or later, otherwise 14.x and above DOES NOT WORK! This is a huge problem for people with desktop systems which are still functional (Intel Core 4 2.4GHz for example), and ran Workstation 12.x just fine.

    This also has a ripple effect for upgrading to newer versions of Linux, Ubuntu 18.04 for example, where Workstation 12.5.9 won’t even start. I’m not buying a newer computer because VMware arbitrarily decided to drop support for older 64-bit processors.

  3. James says:

    What happens when the trial period ends? How much is a personal license?

  4. kenchua says:


    This error keep pop up, even I have install successful, please advise, thanks.

    C header files matching your running kernel were not found. Refer to your distribution’s documentation for installation instructions.

  5. Saqib says:


    I faced the same problem and I solve it by update VMware workstation 12 to 12.5.

    You can solve it in 2 ways..

    First way: If you already install VMware workstation 12 on Linux Mint 18 then download 12.5 from VMware site it’s free. Then follow the procedure to update from 12 to 12.5 by reading official documentation of VMware

    Second way: Uninstall VMware workstation 12 then install 12.5

  6. Saqib says:

    I have installed and I can run VMware 12.5 in LTS 16.04 Ubuntu. But network bridging does not work. When i connect VM interface to the bridged vmnet0 always get an error.

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