VMware Workstation Player 12.5 released, Install on Ubuntu 16.04

VMware Workstation Player 12.5 recently released, is a free for personal use piece of software that can be used by anyone to run (or playback) virtual machines that were initially created with the Oracle Virtualbox or VMware Workstation applications and exported as appliances.


VMware Workstation Player 12.5 Changelog


  • What’s New
  • This release of VMware Workstation Player is a free upgrade for all VMware Workstation 12 Player users, it adds support for the following operating systems:
    • Windows 10 Anniversary Update
    • Windows Server 2016

  • Resolved Issues:
    • On a Linux host, when you click the close button on VMware Workstation Player window while the guest OS is shutting down, a question dialog appears. You wait until the guest OS is completely powered off, then you close the question dialog. The VMware Workstation Player window does not close.
    • Due to changes in the FreeBSD system-bundled Perl, you cannot install VMware Tools in a FreeBSD 10.3 guest OS and you get a vmware-install.real.pl: not found error when executing the ./vmware-install.pl script.
    • After installing Workstation Player on a host running Fedora 23, Workstation Player fails to launch.
    • You cannot connect specific USB Ethernet adapter to a running VM.
    • On Surface Pro, you connect the Camera to the VM and it works correctly. When you disconnect the Camera from the VM, VMware Workstation Player throws Runtime error messages and stops working.
    • Sometimes the guest OS resolution is incorrect when it changes from small to large in Workstation Player.
  • VMware Workstation Player cannot boot virtual machines on a 64-bit Braswell N3150 processor and the following error occurs:
    • MONITOR PANIC: vcpu-0:VERIFY vmcore/vmm/main/cpuid.c:376 bugNr=1036521
    • On the Ubuntu 15.10 and later versions guest OS, when you replace open-vm-tools with the VMware Tools version bundled with VMware Workstation Player, VMware Tools does not work as expected. After you reboot the system, an Ubuntu crash report might appear and one of the services in VMware Tools might stop working.
  • How to install VMware Workstation Player 12.5 on Ubuntu 16.04

    mkdir ~/vmware
    cd ~/vmware
    wget -c https://download3.vmware.com/software/player/file/VMware-Player-12.5.0-4352439.x86_64.bundle
    sudo chmod u+x VMware-Player-12.5.0-4352439.x86_64.bundle
    sudo ./VMware-Player-12.5.0-4352439.x86_64.bundle

    Follow on screen installer to complete the installation


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