I have upgraded to Ubuntu 17.10 (from 17.04). Everything seems to work, however, VMware Workstation 12 does not startup anymore. No messages generated. Please help.


You need to upgrade to VMWare Workstation 14. Workstation 12 will not run with the kernel (4.13) in Ubuntu 17.10 unless you patch it. Patch available here: https://github.com/mkubecek/vmware-host-modules/commit/b50848c985f1

Run the following commands in Terminal to Patch (there are two ways to do this):

Patch Procedure 1:

Gain root user access:

sudo su
tar xvf vmmon.tar
tar xvf vmnet.tar
wget -O ./vmmon-only/linux/hostif.c https://raw.githubusercontent.com/mkubecek/vmware-host-modules/b50848c985f1a6c0a341187346d77f0119d0a835/vmmon-only/linux/hostif.c
vim vmnet-only/bridge.c
cd vmmon-only/
cd ../vmnet-only/
cd ..
mkdir /lib/modules/4.13.0-16-generic/misc
cp *.o /lib/modules/4.13.0-16-generic/misc
insmod /lib/modules/4.13.0-16-generic/misc/vmmon.o
insmod /lib/modules/4.13.0-16-generic/misc/vmnet.o
rm /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libz.so.1/libz.so.1
ln -s /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libz.so.1 /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libz.so.1/libz.so.1
vmware-networks --start

Run VMWare as a normal user:



Patch Procedure 2:

Get into your home directory, or somewhere you can store files temporarily:


Copy the vmmon source tar ball to your temporary location:

cp /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmmon.tar

Extract the tar ball:

tar xf vmmon.tar

Download the modified file and overwrite the one from the tar ball:

wget -O ./vmmon-only/linux/hostif.c https://raw.githubusercontent.com/mkubecek/vmware-host-modules/b50848c985f1a6c0a341187346d77f0119d0a835/vmmon-only/linux/hostif.c

Wrap up the newly modified files into a tar ball replacing the original one:

sudo tar cf /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmmon.tar vmmon-only

Rebuild the VMware kernel modules:

sudo vmware-modconfig --console --install-all

Reboot your system:

sudo reboot

Sources to patch:



Ubuntu 17.10 Upgrade Broke VMWare Workstation 12.5

EVEN BETTER, I recommend upgrading to Workstation 14, which will remove Workstation 12.

Run the following commands in Terminal to install VMware Workstation Player 14:

mkdir ~/vmware
cd ~/vmware
wget -c https://download3.vmware.com/software/player/file/VMware-Player-14.1.1-7528167.x86_64.bundle


Download it here:


Give the package permissions:

sudo chmod u+x VMware-Player-14.1.1-7528167.x86_64.bundle

Finally, install:

sudo ./VMware-Player-14.1.1-7528167.x86_64.bundle

As soon as the installer starts, please follow on screen instructions to complete the installation.

Select I accept the terms in the license agreement and then Click on Next. Update on startup; select yes (if you want).

Feedback; select yes or no.

License Key is optional (can be left blank).

Click Install on next screen.

Close when finished.


sudo vmware-installer -u vmware-player

Hope this helps.

  • I cannot upgrade to Player 14. My processor (Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU T9300 @ 2.50GHz × 2) is too old. So my only option is to patch the kernel(?). Can you explain exactly how to do that please? – Arend Jan 21 '18 at 10:46
  • I've updated my answer to show how to patch for those that cannot run VMWare workstation 14. – Dave Jan 21 '18 at 21:50
  • Thanks for your reply. However, I receive some errors. Best thing I should do is to re-install Ubuntu 17.4. (dir 4.13.0-16-generic does not exist). Also "vim vmnet-only/bridge.c΅ shows an editor but then what? Make in vmmon-only seems to work. Make in vmnet-only produces errors. Any comments? – Arend Jan 24 '18 at 15:33
  • cc1: some warnings being treated as errors scripts/Makefile.build:308: recipe for target '/usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet-only/bridge.o' failed make[2]: *** [/usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet-only/bridge.o] Error 1 Makefile:1550: recipe for target '_module_/usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet-only' failed make[1]: *** [_module_/usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet-only] Error 2 make[1]: Leaving directory '/usr/src/linux-headers-4.13.0-25-generic' Makefile:120: recipe for target 'vmnet.ko' failed make: *** [vmnet.ko] Error 2 – Arend Jan 24 '18 at 15:34
  • Try replacing the 4.13.0-16-generic with whatever your kernel is. For example, mine is currently 4.13.0-31-generic. – Dave Jan 25 '18 at 0:18

Using Charly's script on superuser.com/questions/1328401/vmware-workstation-vmmon-broken-on-ubuntu-18-04/, I was able to build the needed modules for kernel 4.15.0-29-generic on 16.04LTS. There is a typo at the end of the script, there should not be a line return between sudo ln -s /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libz.so.1 and /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libz.so.1/libz.so.1

Another addition I would recommend is to add sudo /etc/init.d/vmware restart command to the end of the above script.

So the actual solution script with tweaks is:

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 /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libz.so.1/libz.so.1
sudo /etc/init.d/vmware restart

Note that this will only work for Workstation 12.5.9, you can easily tell which version you have by running vmware --version and you can probably update the script to have it work for other versions... but I haven't tested that.

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