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Now includes a new Dark Mode user interface, DirectX 11 Graphics, support for Kubernetes and containers, Hyper-V mode and more.

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Build Virtual Machines on the Desktop

Build, test and demo software across an array of different devices, platforms and clouds. IT professionals, developers and businesses rely on Workstation Pro every day to support their projects and customers. Workstation Pro makes it easy to run complex local virtual environments to simulate operating systems, platforms and clouds, all from the same desktop PC.

Run VMs and Containers on a Single PC

Deploy local OCI containers and Kubernetes clusters with VM isolation, virtual networking and virtual resource options through the new vctl CLI tool.

Develop and Test for Any Platform

Fix more bugs and ship quality code on time using Workstation Pro in development and testing. Virtualize nearly any x86 operating system available today on a desktop PC.

Enjoy Baked-In vSphere and ESXi Support

Run ESXi and vCenter as virtual machines on the desktop, and connect to a remote vSphere environment for quick VM access and basic management tasks.

Run Secure and Isolated Desktops

Run a secure second desktop with different privacy settings, tools and networking configurations for online protection, or to take “snapshots” that can be restored later.

Workstation Pro Features

Virtual Machines

Rely on the same hypervisor technology that powers vSphere to run virtual machines and guest operating systems.

High-Performance 3D Graphics

Gain a fluid and responsive experience for running 3D applications. Workstation Pro now supports DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.1 in virtual machines and games.

Containers and Kubernetes Clusters

Developers on Windows have a new CLI tool, vctl, that can build and run containers and Kubernetes clusters with VM-level isolation and networking.

Powerful Virtual Networking

Create and configure complex IPv4 and IPv6 virtual networks for VMs, with added network latency and bandwidth simulations to help recreate real-world scenarios.

Systems Requirements

General 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:

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
  • CentOS
  • Solaris, FreeBSD, and various other Linux Distros 

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

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.

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

General

Workstation Player

Workstation Pro

Create New VMs

   

Create Large VMs (32CPU, 128GB RAM)

   

Convert PC into a virtual machine

   

Mass Deployment

   

 

 

 

Host Guest Integration

Workstation Player

Workstation 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

Workstation Player

Workstation Pro

3D graphics with DX11 and OpenGL 4.1 support

   

Large Graphics Memory: 8GB

   

 

 

 

Device Support

Workstation Player

Workstation 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

Workstation Player

Workstation 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

Workstation Player

Workstation Pro

Windows 10 Host

   
Linux - Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, Fedora,RHEL, SUSE, openSUSE     
macOS 10.16 and greater
   

 

 

 

Guest Operating Systems

Workstation Player

Workstation Pro

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

   

Windows 10 Guests

   

macOS Guests

   

 

 

 

Mac Host Specific Features

Workstation Player

Workstation 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

   

 

*Workstation Pro does not run on Mac Hosts.

 

 

Windows Host Specific Features

Workstation Player

Workstation Pro

Windows 10 Host

   

DX12 Rendering Engine

   

Hyper-V Mode Support (Device Guard, WSL)

   

 

 

 

Linux Host Specific Features

Workstation Player

Workstation Pro

Vulkan Rendering Engine

   

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

   

 

 

 

Advanced Features

Workstation Player

Workstation 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)

   

Remote vSphere Host Power Control

   

Create Linked Clones

   

Create Full Clones

   

Encrypt VMs

   

 

 

 

Licensing

Workstation Player

Workstation Pro

Free for Personal Use

   

Commercial License

   

Trial License

   

 

 

 

Product

VMware Workstation Pro works by creating fully isolated, secure virtual machines that encapsulate an operating system and its applications. The VMware virtualization layer maps the physical hardware resources to the virtual machine's resources, so each virtual machine has its own CPU, memory, disks, and I/O devices, and is the full equivalent of a standard x86 machine. VMware Workstation Pro installs onto the host operating system and provides broad hardware support by inheriting device support from the host.

Any application that will run on a standard PC will run inside a virtual machine on VMware Workstation Pro. VMware Workstation Pro is the equivalent of a full PC, with full networking and devices — each virtual machine has its own CPU, memory, disks, I/O devices, etc. This allows you to run any application that runs on the supported guest operating systems, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Apache Web Server, Microsoft Visual Studio, Kernel debuggers, Firewalls, VPN software and much more.

Installation

VMware Workstation Pro runs on most standard x86-based hardware with 64-bit Intel and AMD processors and on 64-bit Windows or Linux host operating systems. Please review the CPU requirements before purchase, as some older CPU’s are no longer compatible. VMware recommends 1.2 GB of available disk space for the application. Additional hard disk space required for each virtual machine. Please refer to vendors recommended disk space for specific guest operating systems.

Workstation 16 Pro requires a 64-bit operating system on the host PC. You can still run your favorite 32-bit Windows and Linux guest operating systems inside a virtual machine on Workstation 16 Pro. If you plan to run 64-bit virtual machines with VMware Workstation Pro, please refer to the Knowledge Base article on compatible 64-bit CPUs.

Downloads and Trials

You can download VMware Workstation Pro software from the Workstation Pro Download page.

After the evaluation period has expired, you will be prompted to enter a license key. If you have purchased the product you will have received a new license key. Enter the purchased license key when prompted to unlock the full "unlimited" version of the software. To take advantage of complimentary email support for up to 30 days, your license key must be registered. If you purchased the product from the VMware Online store, your license key is automatically registered. If you purchased from a reseller, you need to manually register your license key in My VMware. Please consult this KB article for detailed instructions on license key registration.

Licensing and Upgrades

VMware Workstation 16 Pro upgrades are available for purchase on the VMware online store or through VMware resellers.

IMPORTANT: When you install a new version of Workstation, the previous version will be uninstalled from your system. Therefore, we recommend that you proceed with the upgrade only if you have a new license key. Your existing virtual machines will not be affected.

Customers with versions of VMware Workstation v12 and older will need to purchase a new license. Customers of v14 and greater are eligible for upgrade pricing.

Support

Complimentary support starts when your VMware Workstation Pro license is registered.  Registration takes place automatically if you purchase your product from the VMware Online store. If you purchased from a reseller, you need to register your license in My VMware. Please consult this KB article for detailed instructions on license key registration.

Complimentary support for VMware Fusion Player and VMware Fusion Pro is valid for 30 days from product registration.

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