How to Determine if Workstation is Installed

Last Updated June 28, 2023

Brief Overview

Workstation is a desktop application. In some cases, IT will need to determine if Workstation is already installed using a script.

This article explains how to find the evidence of the successful installation.

Windows

On Windows environments, Workstation has a registry entry that IT can check to indicate if the .exe file is installed.

REGISTRY LOCATION:

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

REGISTRY KEY:

Workstation

REGISTRY VALUE:

“C:\Users\<CURRENT_USER>\AppData\Local\Workstation\update.exe” –processStart “Workstation.exe”

Note: Replace CURRENT_USER with the logged in user name.

Learn more about how to check if a registry key is available using CLI, by referring to this Stack Overflow post.

MacOS

On macOS environments, IT teams can check if Workstation is installed by typing the below command within the terminal:

mdfind “kMDItemKind == ‘Application’” | grep “Workstation.app”

The prompt should list the Workstation .app file path if the application is installed:

/Applications/Workstation.app

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