Package Details: vmware-workstation 15.5.0-2

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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: 100
Popularity: 4.74
First Submitted: 2017-02-10 19:04
Last Updated: 2019-10-06 19:27

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jihem commented on 2017-10-22 09:29

After the first installation, please:

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

2) 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

For people who would stay on VMware 14, you can switch to vmware-workstation14 package.

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pepper-jk commented on 2019-10-25 23:21

I'm having the same issue, @dani.

Anyone got a solution yet?


Well I tried to downgraded using the older versions und build numbers for vmware workstations and fusions, as well as the sha256 hashes, from this commit without modifying the pkgbuild any further.

This should prevent the 5.4 patch from being reverted.

However this did not work and I made a full downgrade. :/

GitSquared commented on 2019-10-09 13:09

You shouldn't have the 30-day trial license unless you ask it after starting Workstation. Remove the file /etc/vmware/license-ws-150-e1-201804 and restart sudo vmplayer. The 30-day message should disappear.

This file does not exist on my system. This bug doesn't prevent vmplayer from starting correctly, but having to go through the licensing dialog each time is a pain in the ***.

dani commented on 2019-10-08 09:25

How to switch tty for host?

I have tried the "Ctrl+Alt+Space, Ctrl+Alt+Fx" trick, which does not work for me.

hogar1977 commented on 2019-10-07 22:42


I'm getting validity check error on VMware-Workstation-Full-15.5.0-14665864.x86_64.bundle with the latest update.

Does anyone get the same?

jihem commented on 2019-09-30 17:55


  • I have installed Vmware Player on Windows: Player starts without asking a license.
  • I have installed VMware Player (with the official method) on Arch, Fedora and Debian (the two last distros are officially supported): Player ask a license.

I think there is a bug in the Linux version. I'm searching a workaround but I don't have any idea.

You shouldn't have the 30-day trial license unless you ask it after starting Workstation. Remove the file /etc/vmware/license-ws-150-e1-201804 and restart sudo vmplayer. The 30-day message should disappear.

In the worst case, you can downgrade to 15.1.0. It should work at least until Linux 5.4 release. I hope VMware will release a fix before.

dani commented on 2019-09-30 07:11


Polkit was installed and the service was running.

I tried sudo vmplayer to bypass the polkit problem and it works.

Now I am in the 30-day trial. Even in Player, there is a count-down of the evaluation license.

I am afraid I won't even be able to use Player when it expires.

According to VMware website, Player is still free of charge for personal users. Do you think this is a bug?

sizzen commented on 2019-09-28 03:23

I am on kernel 5.3.1 and getting the error "Could not open /dev/vmmon: No such file or directory. Please make sure that the kernel module `vmmon' is loaded."

I attempted to reload the kernel modules but get this error "modprobe: WARNING: Module vmmon not found in directory /lib/modules/5.3.1-arch1-1-ARCH"

Is this kernel not currently supported?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Edit: I was on workstation 15.0.1 upgraded to most recent version and it worked.

AK4EVA commented on 2019-09-25 18:11

If VMWare fails to load after installing 15.5.0 try editing /etc/vmware/config and append this at the end (use sudo/root):

acceptOVFEULA = "yes"

acceptEULA = "yes"

After this save, and reboot, works flawlessly! Thank you @jihem & @strayarch

jihem commented on 2019-09-25 18:04

@dani: maybe you don't have polkit service enabled on startup? In that case you should install polkit package and enable polkit.service. But I'm not sure it is sufficient, I don't really know how polkit works.

I'm surprised that no one talk about this problem on VMware community forum.

strayArch commented on 2019-09-24 14:52

Installed 15.5.0, followed @jihem instructions for /etc/vmware/config, rebooted, and starts flawlessly.