Package Details: vmware-workstation 15.5.2-1

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Package Base: vmware-workstation
Description: The industry standard for running multiple operating systems as virtual machines on a single Linux PC.
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Keywords: dkms ovftool player vmplayer vmware workstation
Licenses: custom
Conflicts: vmware-modules-dkms, vmware-ovftool, vmware-patch, vmware-systemd-services
Provides: vmware-ovftool
Submitter: Synthead
Maintainer: jihem
Last Packager: jihem
Votes: 112
Popularity: 4.51
First Submitted: 2017-02-10 19:04
Last Updated: 2020-03-14 18:56

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jihem commented on 2020-02-10 17:29

After the first installation, please:

1) install the appropriate headers package(s) for your installed kernel(s): linux-headers for default kernel, linux-lts-headers for LTS kernel...

2) reboot or load vmw_vmci and vmmon kernel modules (modprobe -a vmw_vmci vmmon)

3) Enable the services you need:

  • vmware-networks.service: to have network access inside VMs

  • vmware-usbarbitrator.service: to connect USB devices inside VMs

  • vmware-hostd.service: to share VMs on the network

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Tx3hc78 commented on 2020-03-20 14:21

@jihem: my mistake, I didn't reboot before loading modules.

majed17 commented on 2020-03-19 06:06

Peace, so would you say, if the day were 39 hours, then you would have enough time to help? the answer is: i just do not desire to spend that much time ...

jihem commented on 2020-03-18 17:57

For people with the DKMS problem: I don't have any idea what can explain this problem. It seems that your PATH is removed somewhere during the installation. Can you try to install another package using DKMS (for example virtualbox-host-dkms) to see if the problem still exists? If yes you should ask some help on Arch forum, else tell me and I will try to investigate why this problem appears only on my package.

@Tx3hc78: did you install the linux-headers package (version 5.5.9.arch1-2)? If yes, do you have the DKMS problem talked in the previous comments?

@dmshimself: as someone said in a previous comment, you can start workstation a first time and ask a trial license. After that when you start vmplayer it won't ask you for a license key, even after the trial time expires. (Note: I didn't test that trick myself.)

@aizomul: I think sudo is only needed to activate a license key. If you use the trick explained in the previous paragraph (and use sudo when you start workstation for asking a trial), you shouldn't need to use sudo when starting vmplayer after that.

@nguyenl95: no problem for me. Maybe you have a different network configuration between Chrome and curl (for example the use of a proxy).

For everybody: sorry for the late answers, but I really don't have a lot of time to help you.

dmshimself commented on 2020-03-18 02:20

I've run up vmplayer and I'm asked for a licnese key for workstation. I've run vmplayer directly and it does the same. Is there a way to just use vmplayer as I don't need the ful features of workstation?

Tx3hc78 commented on 2020-03-17 12:17

When I run: sudo modprobe -a vmw_vmci vmmon

I get this error: modprobe: WARNING: Module vmmon not found in directory /lib/modules/5.5.9-arch1-2


nguyenl95 commented on 2020-03-16 07:21

curl: (22) The requested URL returned error: 416 ==> ERROR: Failure while downloading Aborting... Failed to build vmware-workstation

Anyone in this situation? Weird, Chrome works fine with the link.

Alvo commented on 2020-03-08 02:00

I ran into the same issue fosskers had. I was able to fix it by running dkms commands in the shell.

aizomul commented on 2020-03-06 18:11

@fosskers still can't tried setting groups and all but I'm unable to use vmplayer without sudo....

fosskers commented on 2020-03-05 15:04

@aizomul I noticed that I too had to run sudo vmware, but only the first time in order to get through that initial permissions issue. Afterward, vmware works just fine.

aizomul commented on 2020-03-05 12:05


When I run vmplayer, it runs okay until the part where I have to select the try 15 day trial.

The moment I click next, it prompts me.

==== AUTHENTICATING FOR org.freedesktop.policykit.exec ====
Authentication is needed to run `/usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-setup-helper' as the super user

The permissions of the files are all set to 755.

I have to sudo vmplayer in order for it to run smoothly.