Desktop Hypervisor Products

Workstation for Windows and Linux

Industry Defining Desktop Hypervisor for Windows and Linux used by IT Professionals and Developers worldwide. Now with OCI containers and Kubernetes support.

Fusion for Mac

Simply Powerful macOS Desktop Hypervisor App for Mac. Run Windows, macOS or Linux virtual desktops, or build and run OCI containers and Kubernetes clusters.

Desktop Hypervisor Tools

With more than 20 years of virtualization excellence and over 50 industry awards, VMware aims to provide the most stable and secure local desktop virtualization platform in the industry.

IT Pros

Run virtual machines, containers and Kubernetes clusters that are compatible with your corporate data center, right from your laptop with Fusion and Workstation. Deploy and demo or learn software defined data center environments offline and on the go. Quickly perform management tasks when connected to remote vSphere or ESXi environments. Workstation Pro also supports innovative network design software to quickly stand up networking test lab environments for everything from learning about network fundamentals or performing penetration and security testing.

Businesses

Add a new level of security to your fleet of productivity software users by providing a secured sandbox to run secondary Operating Systems designed for any kind of use case. From App Developers to Corporate Executives, the security barrier of the VMware Desktop Hypervisor delivers an incredibly effective enclave for safely running apps of any kind.

Developers

Create and test multiple operating systems and browser compatibility to build cross-platform or cloud-scale apps from your desktop with Fusion and Workstation. Whether you’re developing for iOS, Android or Linux; building Windows apps on a Mac; or simulating cloud-scale, container orchestration platform like  Kubernetes, VMware helps you build amazing software for just about any platform on the planet.

What’s New

Learn about the latest features in Workstation 16 and Fusion 12 and order today.

Workstation 16

Updated OS Support

Workstation 16 supports the latest 2004 version of Windows 10, including Hyper-V mode compatibility for Device & Credential Guard and WSL, as well as supporting new releases of the most popular Linux distributions such as Red Hat, Fedora, CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu and more.

Containers and Kubernetes Clusters

Workstation 16 Pro and Player both provide a new CLI for building and running OCI containers and Kubernetes clusters: ‘vctl.’ Supports thousands of pre-built container images, as well as building custom images from standard Dockerfiles.

Workstation 16

Graphics Engine Enhancements

Workstation 16 now provides a DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.1 compliant virtual graphics device to Windows virtual machines, adding new compatibility for hundreds of apps and games. Linux hosts can now use Intel Integrated GPUs with our new Vulkan rendering engine, delivering DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.3 to VMs without needing more a powerful discrete GPU.

vSphere 7 Compatibility

Workstation has been updated with compatibility for vSphere 7, including virtual machine hardware and remote ESXi and vCenter Server connections.

Workstation 16

Fusion Player

VMware Introduces Fusion Player, available with free licensing for Personal Use or paid licensing for Commercial use in alignment with VMware Workstation 16 Player.

Containers and Kubernetes

Fusion 12 provides a new CLI for building and running OCI containers and Kubernetes clusters: ‘vctl.’ Supports thousands of pre-built container images, as well as building custom images from standard Dockerfiles.

Workstation 16

Ready for Big Sur

Fusion 12 Pro and Player support macOS 11 ‘Big Sur’ as well as macOS 10.15 ‘Catalina.’

DirectX 11 Graphics Engine

Fusion 12 now delivers a robust. DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.1 capable virtual graphics device, enabling support for hundreds of previously unplayable apps and games. In addition, Fusion now supports using External GPU devices, delivering a noticeable improvement in framerates.

Compare Desktop Hypervisor Products

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General

WS Player

Fusion Player

WS Pro

Fusion Pro

Create New VMs

Create Large VMs (32CPU, 128GB RAM)

Convert PC into a virtual machine

Mass Deployment

 

 

 

Host Guest Integration

WS Player

Fusion Player

WS Pro

Fusion Pro

Host/Guest File Sharing

Shared/Mirrored Folders

One-Click SSH to Linux VM

Run VMs with Different View Modes

Unity View Mode (Windows guests only)

 

 

 

Graphics

WS Player

Fusion Player

WS Pro

Fusion Pro

3D graphics with DX11 and OpenGL 4.1 support

Large Graphics Memory: 8GB

 

 

 

Device Support

WS Player

Fusion Player

WS Pro

Fusion Pro

4K / 5K / Retina Display Support

Support a Wide Range of Virtual Devices

USB Smart Card Reader Support

USB 3.1 Device Support

Assistive Device Support (Section 508 Compliant)

Multi-Language Keyboard Support

Virtual Trusted Platform Module Device

Virtual NVMe Device

 

 

 

Security Features

WS Player

Fusion Player

WS Pro

Fusion Pro

Microsoft Virtualization Based Security (Guest) Support

Virtual Trusted Platform Module (vTPM)

UEFI Boot Support

UEFI Secure Boot Support
 

GPU Sandbox Renderer

Snapshots
 

Create/Manage Encrypted VM
 
 

 

 

 

Host Operating Systems

WS Player

Fusion Player

WS Pro

Fusion Pro

Windows 10 Host

 

 
Linux - Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, Fedora, RHEL, SUSE, openSUSE 

 

 
macOS 10.16 and greater  

 

 

 

 

Guest Operating Systems

WS Player

Fusion Player

WS Pro

Fusion Pro

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

Windows 10 Guests

macOS Guests  

 

 

 

 

Mac Host Specific Features

WS Player

Fusion Player

WS Pro

Fusion Pro

macOS 10.16 Host support  

 

macOS Guest Support  

 

Windows apps in the Mac Dock  

 

One-Click SSH to Linux VM  

 

Metal Graphics Engine  

 

BootCamp Import / Launch  

 

Application Menu  

 

 

 

 

Windows Host Specific Features

WS Player

Fusion Player

WS Pro

Fusion Pro

Windows 10 Host

 

 
DX12 Rendering Engine

 

 
Hyper-V Mode Support (Device Guard, WSL)

 

 
Share Virtual Machine (Workstation Server)

 

 

 

 

 

Linux Host Specific Features

WS Player

Fusion Player

WS Pro

Fusion Pro

Vulkan Rendering Engine

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Features

WS Player

Fusion Player

WS Pro

Fusion Pro

Command Line Operation: vmrun and VIX

vCenter Server Appliance Easy Deploy

REST API

"Nautilus Container Engine"

Virtual Network Customization (NAT, network rename)    

Virtual Network Simulation (Packet Loss, Latency, Bandwidth)    

Connect to vSphere/ESXi Server    

Remote vSphere Host Power Control    

Create Linked Clones    

Create Full Clones    

Encrypt VMs    

Licensing

WS Player

Fusion Player

WS Pro

Fusion Pro

Free for Personal Use

   
Commercial License

Trial License    

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