VMware Workstation - Hardware graphics acceleration is not available - Fix.

Error message when booting VM:

Hardware graphics acceleration is not available

As a result, this virtual machine may experience very low graphics performance. >Follow the instructions provided by your graphics card vendor or Linux distribution in >order to update your computer's OpenGL drivers.


  • Check that you have OpenGL acceleration on your host.
glxinfo | grep direct
  • expected output :
Direct rendering: yes


  • Edit the file ~/.vmware/preferences and look for a line that starts with "mks.gl.allowBlacklistedDrivers", if it is not present - you can add it into the file.
mks.gl.allowBlacklistedDrivers = "TRUE" 

Info taken from this AskUbuntu thread.

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