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Is VMware free for home use?

Last Updated: 20th March, 2020

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VMware Workstation Player is free forpersonal non-commercial use (business and non profituse is considered commercial use). If you would liketo learn about virtual machines or use them at homeyou are welcome to use VMware Workstation Player forfree.

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Also to know is, do you have to pay for VMware?

No, VMware Workstation is not free. It's apaid product ($249 US). You can upgrade from aprevious licensed version for $149 US.

Similarly, how can I get a free VMware license?

  1. Download the VMware Hypervisor from this page (you'll need tocreate an account if you don't have one – it's free).
  2. Install the Free hypervisor on your hardware and install thevSphere client on your management station.
  3. Connect to your ESXi host > Manage > Licensing.

Similarly, is there a free version of VMware ESXi?

VMware ESXi is a free hypervisor fromVMware. You can use just ESXi hypervisor withoutpurchasing vCenter.

How much does VMware cost?

Part 3: Virtualization LicensingCosts

vSphere Edition Cost # Physical Processors
Essentials $510 3 servers / 2 processors each
Essentials Plus $4,625 3 servers / 2 processors each
Standard (requires vCenter) $995 1
Enterprise Plus (requires vCenter) $3,595 1

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