I ran this command:

apt-cache search linux-headers-$(uname -r)

and it returns the output

linux-headers-5.0.0-13-generic - Linux kernel headers for version 5.0.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP

Then I ran the following command to update the linux headers:

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)

Still, it gets stuck (VMware Kernel Module Updater) at the Compiling/Virtual Machine Monitor.
Does anyone know how to solve this?


I had the same problem and I fixed it like this.
Downloaded this link: https://github.com/mkubecek/vmware-host-modules/archive/w15.0.4-k5.0.tar.gz

Extracted the files.

Then ran these commands from terminal of the folder:

  1. tar -cf vmmon.tar vmmon-only

  2. tar -cf vmnet.tar vmnet-only

  3. sudo cp -v vmmon.tar vmnet.tar /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/

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    As step 4 I ran 'sudo vmware-modconfig --console --install-all' and that fixed the problem. Thank you! – Jimbo Alba Apr 22 '19 at 12:51
  • Also works for other vmware versions! Just follow the "Quick guide" steps at: github.com/mkubecek/vmware-host-modules/blob/master/INSTALL and afterwords modprobe vmmon, modprobe vmnet – Steve Hanov May 22 '19 at 13:50
  • Also I had to reboot after, or it says /dev/vmnet0 is missing. – Steve Hanov May 22 '19 at 13:59
  • @JimboAlba You sir, are a legend. – Muhammad bin Yusrat Aug 2 '19 at 4:00
  • I just want to add that there's 471 releases for different versions of VMWare Workstation - I had to find the one that best fit my version and install it, as the one I had been using with a direct link stopped working after an update. Here's the list: github.com/mkubecek/vmware-host-modules/releases – AveryFreeman Aug 19 '19 at 13:22

Yes. I'm running Pop!_OS 19.04. Fixed my VMWare this morning. I'm running workstation 15.04. I used the vmware-host-modules package over at https://github.com/mkubecek/vmware-host-modules.

When you get there, click on the master branch, and change it to the VMware product that you have. Then follow the instructions in the INSTALL file.

When it is done, restart and it should be working.

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For version 14, the link is just below :


Compress also vmmon-only and vmnet-only

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