I have upgraded Ubuntu 19.04 from 18.04 version. After upgradation of the OS, VMware 15 stopped working. I have reinstalled the VMware 15, but still its giving "VMware Kernal Module Updater" popup with message "Before you can run VMware, several modules must be compiled and loaded into running kernel". After clicking on the install button it shows the error that it can start the services. can anyone let me know how to get this resolved.


Milo83! I also have this problem and the code below worked for me.


#make sure you have git. if you don't, run: sudo apt-get install git

#copy and paste this code into a .sh file. e.g. vmwareFix.sh

#run: chmod 744 <filename.sh, e.g. vmwareFix.sh> 

#then run this file: /path/to/this/script



rm -fdr $TMP_FOLDER

mkdir -p $TMP_FOLDER


git clone https://github.com/mkubecek/vmware-host-modules.git

cd $TMP_FOLDER/vmware-host-modules

git checkout $VMWARE_VERSION

git fetch


sudo make install

sudo rm /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libz.so.1/libz.so.1

sudo ln -s /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libz.so.1


sudo /etc/init.d/vmware restart

The instructions are in the comments above. Bye.

  • 2
    It is important to change the VMWARE_VERSION variable to your actual product and version. – variona May 3 at 13:49
  • @variona Yes. \ – Andrew May 3 at 22:49
  • Thanks Andrew. I have done as per the instructions. After running it shows, Virtual machine monitor failed and Virtual ethernet failed. – Milo83 May 5 at 17:59
  • @Milo83 could you give me the details? I'll see. – Andrew May 9 at 13:12
  • @Milo83 You might want to reinstall your Ubuntu 19.04 rather than upgrading it from old versions. – Andrew May 9 at 13:15

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