VMware Workstation Player is a free virtual machine, with the help of this software we can install a different operating system on our host operating system. We can install Windows OS, Linux and Mac OS without affecting our main operating system.
Here in this article, you are going to learn how to install Ubuntu in VMware Workstation Player. Here are some prerequisites:
- Download and Install VMware Workstation Player.
- Download the Ubuntu ISO file.
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How to Download Ubuntu ISO File
Go to Ubuntu.com, click on download and download Ubuntu for Desktop. At the time of writing this article, Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS is the latest version. To download the Ubuntu ISO file click on “Download“.
Here are the recommended system requirements:
- 2 GHz dual-core processor
- 2 GB RAM
- 25 GB of free hard drive space
- Either a DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media
- Internet access is helpful
Also Read: How to Create Ubuntu Live USB in Windows
How to Install Ubuntu in VMware
After that follow these steps to install Ubuntu in VMware Player.
Step 1: Open VMware player and click on “Create a New Virtual Machine” and after that select “I will install the operating system later” and click on next.
Step 2: After that, you have to select your guest operating system and version (the operating system you want to install). Then click on Next.
Step 3: Now you have to name the virtual machine. After naming your virtual machine click next.
Step 4: Specify Disk Capacity, the recommended size for Ubuntu is 20 GB but I will suggest you specify double disk capacity than the recommended one. And select “Split virtual disk into multiple files” and click on next.
Step 5: Now it is ready to create a virtual machine. Click Finish to create the virtual machine.
Note:- You can customize the hardware of the virtual machine.
Step 6: We had successfully created the virtual machine, now we have to edit virtual machine settings. Under Hardware tab select “CD/DVD (SATA)”, click on “Use ISO image file”, browser your Ubuntu ISO file and click OK.
Step 7: Play the virtual machine to install Ubuntu.
Note:- Sometimes when you install Ubuntu on VMware Player, it will suggest you download and install “VMware Linux Tools”. Just click on download and install.
Step 8: Now on the welcome screen you have to select your language and after selecting your language click “Install Ubuntu”. Select your keyboard layout and on the updates and other software, select Normal installation, download updates while installing Ubuntu and install third-party software for graphic and wifi-hardware and after that click on continue.
Step 9: After that, you have to select the installation type. So, just select “Erase disk and install Ubuntu” don’t worry it will not going to erase any data from your computer because we are installing Ubuntu in our VMware Player. Click on “Install Now” and “Continue”.
Step 10: Now select your location and create your user name and password and click on continue to install.
The installation will take some time, so don’t worry give time to install. After the installation is completed reboot Ubuntu and on the reboot windows you will get “Please remove the installation medium, then press ENTER”. We don’t have any installation medium, just press ENTER key to reboot. After that enter your user and password and now you’re ready to use it.
This way you can install Ubuntu in VMware Workstation Player. I will recommend you to watch the video tutorial mentioned above in this article