Download VMware Player Free for Windows and Linux

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VMware Workstation player (formerly known as Player Pro) is a desktop virtualization application software that can run multiple and concurrent operating systems on one computer. It has three different versions, which are VMware Workstation 12 Player free (unlicensed), VMware Workstation 12 Player (licensed) and VMware Workstation 12 Pro. This article will describe how to download VMware Player or VMware Workstation player for Windows or Linux operating system.

Overview of VMware Workstation player

VMware Workstation Player is a free download, but purchasing and entering a license key entitles the users to get additional benefits and it is available for commercial use. With VMware Workstation Pro, the features will be more advanced and comes with powerful features including snapshots, cloning, remote connections to vSphere or vCloud Air, sharing VMs, advanced Virtual Machines settings and much more.

VMware actually rebranding its VMware Workstation lineup and changing the VMware Workstation name to VMware Workstation 12 Pro. Meanwhile, it changing the VMware Player Pro product to VMware Workstation 12 Player.

Workstation VMware Player provides a user-friendly interface, unmatched operating system support, and portability. This desktop virtualization software application makes it easy to operate any virtual machine created by VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion, VMware Server or VMware ESXi.


What is Virtual machine ?

A virtual machine is a computer defined in software. It is a computer software, like a physical computer, runs an operating system and application software. It’s like running a PC inside your PC.

What is VMware Workstation Player?

VMware Workstation Player (formerly known as Player Pro) is a desktop virtualization application that 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.

Can I still use VMware Workstation Player for free?

VMware Workstation Player is free for personal non-commercial use (business and non profit 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.

Where can I buy VMware Workstation Player for licensed version?

VMware Workstation Player is available for purchase on the VMware online store.

How to start and download VMware Player or VMware Workstation Player for free ?

1. Visit Download VMware Player / Workstation Player page.

2. You can select to download  VMware player or VMware Workstation 12 Player for Windows or Linux. Click download button to proceed.

a) For Windows.

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b) For Linux.

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DESCRIPTION of VMware Workstation 12 Player

PRODUCT NAME : VMware Workstation 12.0.0 Player
FILE NAME : VMware-player-12.0.0-2985596.exe
BUILD NUMBER : 2985596
RELEASE DATE : 2015-08-24
NOTES : For VMware Workstation Player (FREE & PAID). Enter a license key into the VMware Workstation Player user interface to license for commercial use and to enable the VMware Workstation Player (PAID) features.

The following Operating System is supported in VMware Workstation 12 Player:

  • Support of Windows 10
    VMware Workstation Player provides the following support for Windows 10:

    • Run Windows 10 as a virtual machine
    • Run Windows 10 as a host operating system
  • Other new operating systems support
    Support has been added for the following operating systems:

    • Ubuntu 15.04
    • Fedora 22
    • CentOS 7.1
    • RHEL 7.1
    • Oracle Linux 7.1
    • VMware Project Photon

Note : To see a list of the supported guest operating systems, search the online VMware Compatibility Guide on the VMware Web site.

I hope that now you are very clear which version of VMware Workstation you want to use and how you can download VMware Player or VMware Workstation player for Windows or Linux operating system.

Additional reading: Learn how to Install VMware vSphere 5.5

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