From version 4.11 of ParrotOS up to the latest release, it is possible to use the OS on VMware in all its editions (Workstation Player, Workstation Pro and also on MacOS, Fusion Player and Fusion Pro).
This guide will allow the user to create a Virtual Machine on VMware Workstation Player. Since the other editions are extensions of the free version of Workstation Player, in the setup and installation procedure, not much will change.
Follow this step by step guide, it will go from installing VMware to creating the Virtual Machine.
Once you have downloaded VMware from the official website, go to the folder where you downloaded it, and open a terminal. Give execution permissions with
sudo chmod +x ./VMware-Workstation-$edition-$architecture.bundle
and then, again from the terminal, start it:
the installer will complete the installation operation and in the Parrot menu you will find your VMware edition ready for use.
Go to the File tab, and click on Create a New Virtual Machine
A new "Virtual Machine Wizard" window will open which will guide you to create the VM, select Use ISO image and enter the path of the Parrot iso you downloaded in our website, then click on Next button:
Select the type of operating system you are installing on your VM (then Linux, Debian 10 64-bit), so give the Virtual Machine a name:
and click on Next.
Based on the Parrot edition downloaded, it is advisable to consult the minimum system requirements, generally 20 gb for a Virtual Machine may be fine for the Home Edition, but for a more complete edition such as the Security Edition, at least 40 gb of dedicated space are recommended.
The next screen will make a summary of the technical specifications of the newly created Virtual Machine. At least 4 GB of RAM is recommended. It is possible to customize other aspects of the VM by clicking on Customize Hardware.
The Virtual Machine is ready to use, just start it and grub will start with the various modes to run Parrot.
From here on, follow the usual installation procedure to install Parrot on your VM.