Step 1: Install yay AUR helper
Start by installing a smart AUR helper called yay.
Step 2: Install Dependencies
Install all required dependencies for running VMware Workstation on Arch Linux / Manjaro.
sudo pacman -S fuse2 gtkmm linux-headers pcsclite libcanberra
The other package needed by the –console installer is ncurses5-compat-libs. This is available on AUR.
yay -S --noconfirm --needed ncurses5-compat-libs
Step 3: Install VMware Workstation Pro or Player
You have two options:
Option 1: Install from Package build for x86_64
The vmware-workstation package is available on AUR and can be installed by running the command.
yay -S --noconfirm --needed vmware-workstation
Then, as desired, enable some of the following services:
vmware-networks.servicefor guest network access
vmware-usbarbitrator.servicefor connecting USB devices to guest
vmware-hostd.servicefor sharing virtual machines
sudo systemctl enable vmware-networks.service vmware-usbarbitrator.service vmware-hostd.service sudo systemctl start vmware-networks.service vmware-usbarbitrator.service vmware-hostd.service
Confirm services status with:
sudo systemctl status vmware-networks.service vmware-usbarbitrator.service vmware-hostd.service
Lastly, load the VMware modules:
sudo modprobe -a vmw_vmci vmmon
To Launch VMware Workstation, run:
# Launch VMware Workstation Pro: $ vmware # Launch VMware Workstation Player $ vmplayer
Option 2: Install Using VMware bundle
Download the latest VMware Workstation Pro or Player
Choose the VMware edition to go with and download it. Here are Download links.
After download is complete, start the installation using the bundle file downloaded.
$ chmod +x VMware-Player-15.0.4-12990004.x86_64.bundle $ sudo ./VMware-Player-15.0.4-12990004.x86_64.bundle Extracting VMware Installer...done.
The installer UI will be launched. Accept License Agreement terms and click next.