Installing VMWare Player 3.1.6 on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise x86 (32 bit)

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similar to my previous post on this topic, this is an updated post for the latest vmware player on the latest ubuntu. Precise comes with kernel 3.2 (or at least that’s what i’m running today), vmware player only supports 3.0 for the 3.x series (which is the last series compatible with an x86 CPU). The process is very similar to before. im not going to script it this time around, i’ll just describe where to get stuff and how to make it happen.

  1. Download VMWare Player 3.1.6
  2. Download The Patch (don’t worry about it being for WS 7.1.5, it is also for Player 3.1.5)
  3. Download The Patch (UPDATED, now directly compatible with 3.1.6)
  4. Extract the patch
    tar -xf vmware715fixlinux320.tar.gz
    tar -xf vmware716fixlinux340.tar.bz2
  5. Edit the script

    • change plreqver=3.1.5 to plreqver=3.1.6
    • save and exit
  6. Install VMWare Player
    sudo sh VMware-Player-3.1.6-744570.i386.bundle
  7. Run the script
    sudo sh
    sudo sh

That should be it, the script should patch the required files and then begin the build, which should complete successfully.

As an extra side note, for those of you who have an ESXi server setup, you can use the linux version of vmware player to easily connect to your ESXi server simply by running

vmplayer -h ESXi_HOST -u USER -p PASSWORD

Of course you don’t need to supply the user or password, there will be a prompt to type that in if you don’t supply both.


I have updated the links and the instructions to work with the latest patch files. You can go to Weltall’s blog to read more about the process if you are curious.

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