How To: Uninstall VMware Player in Linux Mint or Ubuntu

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I’ve been a happy user of Virtual Box for most of my desktop needs over the past years. But now and then I like trying other options, like VMware Workstation.

Because I’ve been trying to run some VMware VM image not so long ago, I must have downloaded and installed VMware Player.

Turns out, you can’t install VMware Workstation until the VMware Player is deleted: VMware Workstation Needs VMware Player Uninstalled VMware Workstation won’t install unless you delete VMware Player

I couldn’t find how to deinstall VMware Player via main menu, and I checked that my Linux Mint desktop didn’t have any obviously named VMware packages installed:

$ dpkg -l | grep vmware
ii  xserver-xorg-video-vmware                  1:13.3.0-3    

So after a quick search online I have found the right approach. We need to use the vmware-installer:

sudo  vmware-installer -u vmware-workstation

Here’s how it looks: VMware Player uninstall VMware Player uninstall

And that’s it, we now can proceed with VMware Workstation install, this time it should complete successfully: Successful VMware Workstation install in Linux Mint VMware Workstation install in Linux Mint

Hope this helps you, have fun!

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