To create and use virtual machines on his own computer, there is free software offered by VMware. The benchmark virtualization publisher does not only sell powerful software to virtualize VMs on physical servers stuffed with RAM, CPU and connected to high-performance storage, the company offers some tools and programs to discover virtualization and perform various operations (for example VMware vCenter Converter, free too).
Competitor of VirtualBox and worthy successor of Microsoft’s Virtual PC, VMware Workstation is now available in Pro (paid) and Player (free) editions. Although its name suggests that it is only possible to “read VMs”, the Player also allows you to create and modify its parameters (amount of RAM, disk size, number of vCPUs, etc.) .
Version 16 was released on September 14, 2020 and brings many new features, including support for the latest OS (Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, CentOS 8.2, Debian 10.5, Fedora 32 and 33, RHEL 8.2, VMware ESXi 7.0) and the expansion of hosted virtual machines, up to 32 vCPUs, 128GB of RAM and 8GB of graphics RAM. 16.1 includes Docker Machine VMware Driver.
Download VMware Workstation 16 Player (Free)
1. Go to the site VMware Workstation Player.
2. Choose to Download (“Try”) Workstation Player for windows Where for linux.
Please note, Windows 7 is no longer compatible with VMware Workstation Player 16. You will have to be content with Workstation 15 to continue using the Windows 7 host OS. You can therefore install VMware Workstation Player 16 and 16.1 on Windows 8.1 and 10. On Linux, we download a .bundle file.
Install VMware Workstation 16 Player on Windows
1. Double click on the downloaded file (VMware-player-16.1.0-17198959.exe or later version).
2. The installation is very easy, in 5 “Next” steps before ending with a “Finish” which concludes the operation.
It is then very easy to switch from a free Player version to the paid Professional version, a simple addition of a license will convert the software already installed and unlock additional functionalities.