How to Install VMware Workstation 12 on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

This how-to basically follows what’s been said here already, updated links for new version.

0) Do the basic system installation of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Server or Desktop)

1) wget the installer

wget https://www.vmware.com/go/tryworkstation-linux-64

2) set the downloaded file as executable (optionally rename using mv or GUI):

sudo chmod +x VMware-Workstation-Full-12.0.0-2985596.x86_64.bundle

3) run the installation:

 ./VMware-Workstation-Full-12.0.0-2985596.x86_64.bundle

4) finish the installation dependencies (if you get error like “A compatible version of gcc was not found.” then this is exactly what you are looking for:

sudo apt-get install build-essential

5) some additional tweaks:

sudo apt-cache search linux-headers-$(uname -r)
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)

6) run the VMware workstation -> profit 🙂