Linux Uninstall VMWare Server Software

by on March 13, 2009 · 5 comments· LAST UPDATED March 13, 2009

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In some cases I may need to uninstall VMware Server from my Linux system. I've VMWare server / Workstation software installed under CentOS / RHEL / Fedora Linux. How do I uninstall VMWare under Linux?

VMware Server (GSX Server) is an entry-level server virtualization software suite. VMWare can be uninstalled using rpm command or special uninstaller script.

VMware Installation Procedure

You can easily uninstall VMWare server software under CentOS / RHEL / Fedora Linux. First, find out VMWare server rpm file name. Type the following command:
# rpm -qf /usr/bin/vmware
# rpm -qa | grep -i vmware
Sample output:


Use the following command to uninstall the RPM:
# rpm -e VMware-server-2.0.0-122956

A note about Build Installation

If you installed VMware without the RPM package, uninstall with the script, enter:
Above command should work under any Linux distribution.

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1 Mr. VMWare November 23, 2009 at 10:09 am

This do NOT remove all vmware files.

Uninstalling the tar installation of VMware Server.
The removal of VMware Server 2.0.1 build-156745 for Linux completed
successfully. Thank you for having tried this software.
~# du -hs /usr/lib/vmware*
145M /usr/lib/vmware
41M /usr/lib/vmware-installer
38M /usr/lib/vmware-vix

What can I do to trule remove all vmware?


2 Mr. VMWare November 23, 2009 at 10:13 am

This remove some more files and configurations:

~# vmware-installer –list-products
====================== ====================
~# vmware-installer –uninstall-product vmware-workstation


3 ajoy May 31, 2010 at 7:32 pm

thanks works


4 backlinks July 16, 2010 at 10:26 pm

The perl script is deprecated. But the vmware-installer works fine. Just type vmware-installer and you get a list of options.

“vmware-installer -l” will list the products so you know what to uninstall.

Note: the “vmware-installer –uninstall-product” command above should have a double hyphen before the word uninstall. (probably changed by some helpful software)


5 hina April 24, 2011 at 1:59 pm

i was using vnware workstation 4. now it stops working. i have uninstalled the vmware workstation but it is not being done…… it come up with error msi failing……
now tell me what to do??????? help plzzzzzzzzzzzzz :(


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