Installing VMWare Player 15.5 on Ubuntu

Published: 2020-01-19 1 minute read

VMWare Player has a bug during the installation process, where you get through accepting the license agreement but pressing the Finish button doesn't complete the installation - it just does nothing. Several results on Google implied that it was something to do with needing root privileges, but the exact solutions didn't work for me.

When I used sudo vmplayer I experienced the same bug, but after becoming the root user with sudo su and then running vmplayer finally completed the install. I'm not really sure what's going on there. Afterwards I could run VMWare Player as my non-privileged user and it worked fine.