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VMware won't install properly in Fedora 25

asked 2017-05-06 16:10:41 -0500

MrErikDev gravatar image

i have installed the latest vmware from their website, but when i run vmware it says "Before you can run VMware, several modules must be compiled into the running kernel." and two buttons; "Cancel" and "Install". I click install and it asks me for my password but when i enter it and click OK it does nothing.... any idea of how to fix? I am not a big fan of virtualbox and i have always used VMware in windows too... \ ('-') /

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Getting VMware running on Fedora is always a challenge since even the latest VMware versions are usually not adapted to current kernel versions yet (as opposite to VirtualBox which are really fast at adapting to new kernel versions). So take a look at the VMware help forum if you can find a patch to get VMware running with kernel 4.10.

Axel Sommerfeldt gravatar imageAxel Sommerfeldt ( 2017-05-07 05:15:38 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-03-09 03:24:18 -0500

updated 2018-03-09 03:33:32 -0500

1. Open terminal &  type "su"

Then type your root password

2. Type this 

"sudo dnf install kernel-headers kernel-devel gcc glibc-headers"

This will install required packages.

3. Download VMware from  below

4. Goto your VMware download directory

5. Give execution permission by this 

"chmod +x ./VMware-Workstation*14*.bundle"

6. Run VMware installer by this


This will take you to the installation process.
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answered 2017-05-07 10:38:08 -0500

Hi, I think your system is missing kernel-devel and kernel-headers for the current kernel, install those and try to run vmware again. Also google for vmware-modconfig this tool is used to build the necessary modules to vmware.

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