How to Install VMware Workstation on Arch Linux / Manjaro

Step 1: Install yay AUR helper

Start by installing a smart AUR helper called yay.

yay – Best AUR Helper for Arch Linux / Manjaro.

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.service for guest network access
  • vmware-usbarbitrator.service for connecting USB devices to guest
  • vmware-hostd.service for 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.

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