Here are the steps, tips, and tricks to have Vmware-Workstation working on Funtoo Linux.

Vmware-Workstation PRO is a PAID PRODUCT you need a license to use. See https://www.vmware.com/products/workstation-for-linux.html

Note: If you plan to run Windows VM's as Guest - see - https://bugs.funtoo.org/browse/FL-3798

Disable CONFIG_CC_STACKPROTECTOR ( General setup/Stack Protector buffer overflow detection = NONE

See Custom Kernel for more details

Tested Kernels:

  • sys-kernel/debian-sources-lts - 4.9.30
  • sys-kernel/debian-sources - 4.11.11


  • app-emulation/vmware-workstation -

Installing Vmware-Workstation

  • Create a file called "vmware" on /etc/portage/repos.conf"
cat << 'EOF' >> /etc/portage/repos.conf
location = /var/git/vmware
auto-sync = no
priority = 10
cd /var/git/ && git clone https://anongit.gentoo.org/git/proj/vmware.git
echo "app-emulation/vmware-workstation bundled-libs" >> /etc/portage/package.use
emerge -va vmware-workstation

- The step above will ask to unmask the package, unmask and install as usual.

  • Alternate method use Layman to install and manage.

After Install:

emerge --config vmware-workstation
service vmware start