You can use command line installation options to install Workstation Player on a Linux host system.

To use the installation options, you must be logged in as root. Exit from the root account after the installation is finished.

Table 1. Linux Command Line Installation Options

Option

Description

--console

Enables you to use the terminal for installation.

--custom

Use this option to customize the locations of the installation directories and set the hard limit for the number of open file descriptors.

--gtk

Opens the GUI-based VMware installer, which is the default option.

--ignore-errors or -I

Allows the installation to continue even if there is an error in one of the installer scripts. Because the section that has an error does not complete, the component might not be properly configured

--regular

Shows installation questions that have not been answered before or are required. This is the default option.

--required

Shows the license agreement only and then proceeds to install Workstation Player.

--set-setting vmware-installer installShortcuts

Adds shortcuts when Workstation Player is installed. The default is yes .

--set-setting vmware-installer libdir /opt

Creates:

  • /opt/vmware (Workstation Pro or Workstation Player)

  • /opt/vmware-installer

  • /opt/vmware-vix

The default is /usr/lib​ .

--set-setting vmware-installer prefix /usr/local

Installs executable files you run directly (ex: vmware, vmplayer, vmware-networks, etc.) here. Remainder of the product distributed under libdir-derived paths. The default is /usr ​.

--set-setting vmware-player serialNumber

Lets you enter the license key when Workstation Player is installed. Enter the license key with hyphens, for example, xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx.

--set-setting vmware-player-app simplifiedUI

Turn on or off certain UI features of Workstation Player. The default is no.

--set-setting vmware-player-app softwareUpdateEnabled

Enables automatic upgrades for Workstation Player when a new build becomes available.

--set-setting vmware-player-app softwareUpdateURL

Specifies a custom URL for managing software updates (separate from vmware.com).

--set-setting vmware-player-app supportURL

Set a support URL or email alias specifically for your users to contact with product issues through the Workstation Player or Workstation Player Help menu.

--set-setting vmware-workstation serialNumber

Lets you enter the license key when Workstation Player is installed. Enter the license key with hyphens, for example, xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx.