Install VMware Player On Ubuntu 8.04

Update – If your version of VMware Player or Server fails to start after a regular kernel upgrade you have to re-run the “”.

Revised on Jun 20, 2008

Download VMWare Player latest version which is 2.0.4 from the VMWare site and choose “VMware Player 2.0.4 for Linux (.tar)”.

I would recommend installing the development tools first

sudo aptitude install build-essential linux-kernel-devel linux-headers-generic xinetd

After the download is completed untar the VMware Player download using

tar xzvf VMware-player-2.0.4-93057.i386.tar.gz

Move to the recently created directory

cd vmware-player-distrib/

and install

sudo ./

Follow and answer the configuration options like usual, when you are done start VMWare Player.

  • Stephen

    Thanks for the prompt how to. I too found that my VMware Player 1.03 build 34682 wouldn’t run when I upgraded from 7.10 to Hardy Heron 8.04. I want to give your solution a try but I’m concerned that I don’t loose any data from my existing VMware Player installation.

    If I install the new VMware Player 2.03-80004i386 will I run the risk of losing the existing partition and the Windows 2000 files I’ve been running in my existing VMware Player 1.0.3?

  • jordan

    Worked perfectly for me… Thanks for the helpful post!!!

  • luis

    No, the new version wont delete anything in my opinion the worse that can happen is that your virtual machines might not run. I didn’t have the chance to test VMware player 1.0.3.

    My recommendation is to go ahead and install the new version and make a back up of the vm’s before proceeding.

  • Mike

    Worked like a charm!!! Thanks for doing the work for everyone else. Great job!

  • Jaime

    the patch is not longer available !!! do you know where can i find it ?

    thx in advance


  • luis

    The patch is now available from this server.

  • iDude

    I have done this now on two new Ubuntu 8.04 installs and it worked great! Thanks!

  • eldad

    Followed directions and this is the error I get

    vmware is installed, but it has not been (correctly) configured
    for this system. To (re-)configure it, invoke the following command:

    any help would be great

  • Samir

    Thanks appreciated, saver solution