I'm trying to install VMWare Player. I've downloaded .bundle file in ~/Downloads. To install I switched to root account, changed directory to ~/Downloads and ran apt-get install VMware-Player-15.0.2-10952284.x86_64.bundle. But I'm getting:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package VMware-Player-15.0.2-10952284.x86_64.bundle
E: Couldn't find any package by glob 'VMware-Player-15.0.2-10952284.x86_64.bundle'
E: Couldn't find any package by regex 'VMware-Player-15.0.2-10952284.x86_64.bundle'

How do I install VMWare successfully?

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2 Answers 2


That VMware bundle can't be installed with apt-get. It's its own standalone installer package.

Run chmod +x on the bundle, then execute it with sudo ./VMware-Player-*.bundle

This is the only way to run the VMware installer, as it is NOT an apt compatible package, but its own installation package that runs itself on its own.


You need to give installer permission to execute and run it.

chmod +x Vmware-Player-15.0.2-10952284.x86_64.bundle

Now you would be run it.

  • That only works on Debian packages, not VMware's .bundle installers as they are not Debian packages.
    – Thomas Ward
    Jan 5, 2019 at 20:22

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