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VMware Workstation Player

Easily run multiple operating systems as virtual machines on your Windows or Linux PC with VMware Workstation Player.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Workstation Pro installation:

    • 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.

    Here is a list of the most popular:

    • 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:

    64-bit Host Operating System:

    • 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 

    *With exception, the following CPUs are not supported: 

    • 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.



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