• Run Virtual Operating Systems on One PC

    Whether you need a streamlined virtualization interface for the classroom or a way to secure corporate desktops on BYO devices, Workstation Player uses VMware vSphere Hypervisor technology to provide a simple and secure local virtualization solution.

    Simple, Powerful Local Virtualization

    With more than 20 years of development and sharing the same hypervisor platform as vSphere, Workstation Player is one of the most mature and stable solutions for local desktop virtualization.

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    The Perfect Tool for Learning

    Running virtual operating systems on a desktop PC allows students to explore software delivery, operating systems and application development in safe, accurately simulated, local sandboxes.

    Your Path to ‘Work from Anywhere'

    Isolate corporate desktops to user-owned devices by running secure virtual containers on nearly any Windows or Linux PC, with management capabilities compatible with services like Workspace ONE.

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    Safe Web Browsing in a Secure Sandbox

    Run a second desktop in a secure and isolated environment with different privacy settings, tools and networking configurations to keep your host system safe while browsing online.

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    Multiple Operating Systems at Your Fingertips

    Workstation Player Education Discount

    Claim your savings on VMware Workstation for university or college students, prospective students, parents, faculty and more.

    Tech Specs

    System Requirements

    VMware Workstation runs on standard x86-based hardware with 64-bit Intel and AMD processors, and on 64-bit Windows or Linux host operating systems. For more detail, see our System Requirements documentation.

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    System Requirements

    • A compatible 64-bit x86/AMD64 CPU launched in 2011 or later *
    • 1.3GHz or faster core speed
    • 2GB RAM minimum/ 4GB RAM or more recommended

    General Host OS Requirements

    VMware Workstation Pro and Player run on most 64-bit Windows or Linux host operating systems:

    • Windows 10
    • Windows Server 2019
    • Windows Server 2016
    • Windows Server 2012
    • Windows 8
    • Ubuntu
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
    • CentOS
    • Oracle Linux
    • openSUSE
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

    Note that Windows 7 hosts are no longer supported, Workstation?16 will not function on them.

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    • 1.2 GB of available disk space for the?application.
    • Additional hard disk space required for each virtual machine
    • Please refer to vendor's recommended disk space for specific guest operating systems

    Supported Guest Operating Systems

    VMware Workstation 16 supports hundreds of 32-bit and 64-bit guest operating systems.?

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    • Windows 10
    • Windows 8
    • Windows 7
    • Windows XP
    • Ubuntu
    • RedHat
    • SUSE
    • Oracle Linux
    • Debian
    • Fedora
    • openSUSE
    • Mint
    • Solaris, FreeBSD, and various other Linux Distros?

    See the?VMware Compatibility Guide?for a complete list of supported host and?guest operating systems.

    For Hyper-V Enabled Hosts:

    CPU Requirements:

    • Intel Sandy Bridge or a newer CPU?
    • AMD Bulldozer or a newer CPU

    Host Operating Systems:

    • Windows 10 2004

    Minimum Requirements to Run Container Runtime on workstation Windows?Host Operating Systems:

    • Windows 10 1809 or higher

    Minimum Requirements to Dark Theme support on Workstation Windows Host Operating Systems:

    • ?Windows 10 1809 or higher

    For 3D Hardware Accelerated Graphics Support:

    Hardware Requirements:

    • For Windows hosts, a GPU that supports DirectX 11 is required.?
    • For Linux hosts, the latest NVIDIA proprietary drivers are required.?
    • For Linux hosts, AMD devices are not supported

    Software Requirements:

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    • Windows 8 or higher? ? ? ??
    • GNU/Linux with NVIDIA drivers that support OpenGL 4.5 and above? ?

    Guest Operating System

    • Windows 7 or higher
    • GNU/Linux with vmwgfx?

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    • Intel Atom processors based on the 2011 “Bonnell” micro-architecture (e.g. Atom Z670/Z650; Atom N570)
    • Systems using Intel Atom processors based on the 2012 “Saltwell” micro-architecture (e.g. Atom S1200, Atom D2700/D2500, Atom N2800/N2600.
    • Systems using AMD processors based on the “Llano” and “Bobcat” micro-architectures (e.g. code-named “Hondo”, “Ontario”, “Zacate”, “Llano”)

    In addition, the following CPUs are supported:

    • Intel processors based on the 2010 “Westmere” micro-architecture (e.g. Xeon 5600, Xeon 3600, Core i7-970, Core i7-980, Core i7-990)

    For a complete list of supported host and guest the operating systems visit the VMware Compatibility Guide.

    Workstation Player or Workstation Pro - Choose the Right Version for You

    General

    Workstation Player

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    Create New VMs

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    Create Large VMs (32CPU, 128GB RAM)

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    Convert PC into a virtual machine

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    Mass Deployment

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    Host Guest Integration

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    One-Click SSH to Linux VM

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    Run VMs with Different View Modes

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    Unity View Mode (Windows guests only)

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    Graphics

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    3D graphics with DX11 and OpenGL 4.1 support

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    Large Graphics Memory: 8GB

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    Device Support

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    4K / 5K / Retina Display Support

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    Support a Wide Range of Virtual Devices

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    USB Smart Card Reader Support

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    USB 3.1 Device Support

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    Assistive Device Support (Section 508 Compliant)

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    Multi-Language Keyboard Support

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    Virtual Trusted Platform Module Device

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    Virtual NVMe Device

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    Security Features

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    Microsoft Virtualization Based Security (Guest) Support

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    Virtual Trusted Platform Module (vTPM)

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    UEFI Boot Support

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    UEFI Secure Boot Support

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    GPU Sandbox Renderer

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    Snapshots

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    Create/Manage Encrypted VM

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    Host Operating Systems

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    Windows 10 Host

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    Linux - Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, Fedora,RHEL, SUSE, openSUSE? ? ?
    macOS 10.16 and greater
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    Guest Operating Systems

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    Over 200 Supported OSs (Linux, older Windows, BSD)

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    Windows 10 Guests

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    Mac Host Specific Features

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    macOS 10.16 Host support

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    macOS Guest Support

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    Windows apps in the Mac Dock

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    One-Click SSH to Linux VM

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    Metal Graphics Engine

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    BootCamp Import / Launch

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    Application Menu

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    *Workstation Player does not run on Mac Hosts

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    Windows Host Specific Features

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    Windows 10 Host

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    DX12 Rendering Engine

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    Hyper-V Mode Support (Device Guard, WSL)

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    Linux Host Specific Features

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    Vulkan Rendering Engine

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    Host Support - Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, Fedora, RHEL, SUSE, openSUSE

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    Advanced Features

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    Command Line Operation: vmrun and VIX

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    vCenter Server Appliance Easy Deploy

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    REST API

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    "Nautilus Container Engine"

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    Virtual Network Customization (NAT, network rename)

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    Virtual Network Simulation (Packet Loss, Latency, Bandwidth)

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    Remote vSphere Host Power Control

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    Create Linked Clones

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    Create Full Clones

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    Encrypt VMs

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    Licensing

    Workstation Player

    Workstation Pro

    Free for Personal Use

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    Commercial License

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    Trial License

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    Product

    VMware Workstation Player (formerly known as Player Pro) is a desktop hypervisor application that delivers local virtualization features and is available for free for personal use. A Commercial License can be applied to enable Workstation Player to run Restricted Virtual Machines created by VMware Workstation Pro and Fusion Pro.

    VMware Workstation Player is free for personal, non-commercial use (business and nonprofit use is considered commercial use). If you would like to learn about virtual machines or use them at home, you are welcome to use VMware Workstation Player for free. Students and faculty of accredited educational institutions can use VMware Workstation Player for free if they are members of the?VMware Academic Program.

    Installation

    No. VMware Workstation Player is not designed to co-install with other VMware products. If an installation of VMware Workstation Pro or VMware Server is detected on a machine where Workstation Player is being installed, the Workstation Player installation will display an error message and abort. However, if you purchase and install Workstation Pro, a version of Workstation Player that will work is included with your purchase.

    For a typical host system, we recommend that you have a 1 GHz or faster 64-bit processor (2GHz recommended) and 2GB RAM minimum (4GB RAM recommended). You must have enough memory to run the 64-bit host operating system, plus the memory required for each guest operating system and for applications on the host and guest. See your guest operating system and application documentation for their memory requirements. VMware Player requires approximately 150MB of disk space to install the application. For more details on minimum PC requirements, see the?VMware Player Documentation.

    For more answers to frequently asked questions, check out the full Workstation Player FAQs.

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    Deliver secure, isolated virtual desktops on nearly any PC. Whether in the hybrid workplace or classroom, choose VMware Workstation Player.
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