Clear Linux* OS on VMware* Workstation Player

This page explains how to create a new VM and install Clear Linux OS on it with the VMware Workstation Player hypervisor.

Overview

VMware Workstation Player is a type 2 hypervisor. It runs on top of Windows* or Linux* operating systems. With VMware Workstation Player, you can create, configure, manage, and run Clear Linux* OS VMs on your local system.

VMware offers a type 1 hypervisor called VMware ESXi designed for the cloud environment. For information on how to install Clear Linux OS as guest OS on it, see Clear Linux* OS on VMware* ESXi.

Note

The screenshots on this document show the Windows version of the VMware Workstation 15 Player. The menus and prompts are similar to those in other versions and for the Linux OS save some minor wording differences.

If you prefer to use a pre-configured Clear Linux OS VMware image instead, see our Clear Linux* OS on VMware* Workstation Player (pre-configured image) guide.

Install the VMware Workstation Player hypervisor

  1. Enable Intel® VT and Intel® VT-d in your system’s BIOS.

  2. VMware Workstation Player is available for Windows and Linux. Download your preferred version.

    Note

    By default, selecting download means you receive the latest version of this application. Commands may differ based on the version.

  3. Install VMware Workstation Player following the instructions appropriate for your system’s OS:

    • On supported Linux distros:

      1. Enable a GUI desktop.

      2. Start a terminal emulator.

      3. Start the installer by issuing the command below and follow the guided steps.

        sudo sh ./VMware-Player-[version number].x86_64.bundle
        
    • On Windows:

      1. Start the installer.
      2. Follow the setup wizard.

For additional help, see the VMware Workstation Player Documentation.

Download the latest Clear Linux OS installer

Get the latest installer with Clear Linux OS OS Desktop from the downloads page.

Visit Clear Linux* OS image types for additional information about all available Clear Linux OS images.

We also provide instructions for downloading and verifying a Clear Linux ISO. For more information, refer to Download, verify, and decompress a Clear Linux* OS image.

Create and configure a new VM

  1. Start the VMware Workstation Player app.

  2. On the home screen, click Create a New Virtual Machine. See Figure 1.

    VMware Workstation Player - Create a new virtual machine

    Figure 1: VMware Workstation Player - Create a new virtual machine

  3. On the Welcome to the New Virtual Machine Wizard screen, select the Installer disc image file (iso) option. See Figure 2.

    VMware Workstation Player - Select |CL| installer ISO

    Figure 2: VMware Workstation Player - Select Clear Linux OS installer ISO

  4. Click the Browse button and select the decompressed Clear Linux OS installer ISO.

  5. Click the Next button.

  6. On the Select a Guest Operating System, set the Guest operating system setting to Linux. See Figure 3.

    VMware Workstation Player - Select guest operating system type

    Figure 3: VMware Workstation Player - Select guest operating system type

  7. Set the Version setting to Other Linux 4.x or later kernel 64-bit.

  8. Click the Next button.

  9. On the Name the Virtual Machine screen, name the new VM. See Figure 4.

    VMware Workstation Player - Name virtual machine

    Figure 4: VMware Workstation Player - Name virtual machine

  10. Click the Next button.

  11. On the Specify Disk Capacity screen, set the VM’s maximum disk size. See Figure 5.

    VMware Workstation Player - Set disk capacity

    Figure 5: VMware Workstation Player - Set disk capacity

    Note

    For optimal performance with the Clear Linux OS Desktop image, we recommend 32GB of drive space. See Recommended minimum system requirements for more details.

  12. Click the Next button.

  13. On the Ready to Create Virtual Machine screen, click the Customize Hardware… button. See Figure 6.

    VMware Workstation Player - Customize hardware

    Figure 6: VMware Workstation Player - Customize hardware

  14. Select Memory and set the size to 2GB. See Figure 7.

    VMware Workstation Player - Set memory size

    Figure 7: VMware Workstation Player - Set memory size

    Note

    The Clear Linux OS installer ISO needs a minimum of 2GB of RAM. After completing installation, Clear Linux OS can run on as little as 128MB of RAM. Thus, you can reduce the memory size if needed. See Recommended minimum system requirements for more details.

  15. Under the Device list, select Processors. See Figure 8.

    VMware Workstation Player - Set virtualization engine option

    Figure 8: VMware Workstation Player - Set virtualization engine option

  16. Under the Virtualization engine section, check Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI.

  17. Click the Close button.

  18. Click the Finish button.

Enable UEFI boot support

Clear Linux OS needs UEFI support to boot. To enable UEFI:

  1. Power off the VM. click the Player menu. See Figure 9.

    VMware Workstation Player - Power off virtual machine

    Figure 9: VMware Workstation Player - Power off virtual machine

  2. Go to Power and select Shut Down Guest.

  3. Add the following line to the end of your VM’s .vmx file:

    firmware = "efi"
    

    Note

    Depending on the OS, you can typically find the VMware VM files under:

    • On Linux distros: /home/username/vmware
    • On Windows: C:\Users\username\Documents\Virtual Machines

Install Clear Linux OS into the new VM

  1. Select the newly-created VM and click the Play virtual machine button. See Figure 10.

    VMware Workstation Player - Power on virtual machine

    Figure 10: VMware Workstation Player - Power on virtual machine

  2. Follow the Install from live image guide to complete the installation of Clear Linux OS.

  3. After the installation completes, reboot the VM. This reboot restarts the Clear Linux OS installer.

Detach the Clear Linux OS installer ISO from the VM

  1. To enable the mouse pointer so you access VMware Workstation Player’s menus, press <CTRL> + <ALT> on the keyboard.

  2. To disconnect the CD/DVD to stop it from booting the Clear Linux OS installer ISO again, click the Player menu. See Figure 11.

    VMware Workstation Player - Edit CD/DVD settings

    Figure 11: VMware Workstation Player - Edit CD/DVD settings

  3. Go to Removable Devices‣CD/DVD (IDE)‣Disconnect.

  4. Click the OK button.

Install open-vm-tools

Optional: You may want to install the open-vm-tools in your virtual machine. The Open Virtual Machine Tools (open-vm-tools) are the open source implementation of VMware Tools for Linux* guest operating systems.

  1. Power on your Clear Linux OS virtual machine. On the VMware Workstation Player home screen, select your VM. See Figure 10.

  2. Click Play virtual machine.

  3. In Clear Linux OS you can install the bundle, and enable the tools, in your VM.

    sudo swupd bundle-add os-cloudguest-vmware
    sudo systemctl enable --now open-vm-tools
    

More information is available on the VMWare Tools Product Documentation site.