I went to their site, and downloaded a .bundle which automagically turned into a .txt file after downloading.

Long story short, I can't run the txt file because I guess Mountain Lion Mac os X isn't a strict Linux box and is missing some core components to do that type of installation.

Does anyone know how to install VMware?

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    Just so you know, Mac OS is a derivative of BSD, not Linux. Both BSD and Linux are UNIX-based, but it would be incorrect to say that Mac OS, or even BSD, are based on Linux. So not only is it not a strict Linux box, it's not Linux at all...
    – jmort253
    Dec 1, 2012 at 3:40

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There is no version of VMware Player for OS X. Neither the GNU/Linux version nor the version from FreeBSD ports will work. Instead, VMware sells a Mac version of their product called VMware Fusion.

If you don't want to purchase VMware Fusion, you can:

  • Use Boot camp to some other OS. The OS itself should run fine.
  • Use boot camp and run vmplayer from the other OS. (Untested since I do not have a OS/X host)
  • Use other products such as VirtualBox or Parallels. VirtualBox can use virtual hard disks in VMware's VMDK format (like so).
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    VirtualBox is great. Parallels just about forces you to upgrade (pay more $$$) with every update, and has "value add" features that are more trouble than they are worth. And VirtualBox is free. Feb 1, 2014 at 1:05
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    VirtualBox is great. I used it in mac, install win 7 to read a DVD which can only be read in windows (autorun).
    – karim
    Jun 17, 2014 at 7:57

VMWare Fusion 12 Player is now available for free (personal use license) but works only on macOS Catalina 10.15+ and above.

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