There is a free player for vmware on windows, is there a free version as well for mac? If not, any other free alternatives?

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Already asked at superuser (Credits to the OP). I post the answer here again - slightly modified:

There is no version of VMware Player for OS X. Instead, VMware sells a Mac version of their product called VMware Fusion. You may use it as trial version 30 days for free

If you don't want to purchase VMware Fusion, you can:

  • Use Boot Camp to some other OS. The OS itself should run fine.
  • Use Boot Camp and run vmplayer from the other OS. (Untested since I do not have a OS/X host)
  • Use VirtualBox. VirtualBox can use virtual hard disks in VMware's VMDK format (like so).

From September 2020 there is free VMWare Fusion Player 12 for macOS (VMware Fusion Blog: Fusion 12: Now Available!):

Fusion Player offers a Personal Use License, available for free with a valid MyVMware account. Home users, Open Source contributors, students, and anyone else can use Fusion Player Free for Non-Commercial activity.

You can register and download it from this VMWare page

  • this activity seems ceased now... for mac. Dec 16, 2020 at 17:04
  • Can you be more specific - what do you mean? Dec 16, 2020 at 21:08
  • It works. I just downloaded and installed it and ran an existed VM. Note: I had to create an account on VMWare site to be able to download the Fusion app, and get a personal licence key for free
    – Roman
    May 7, 2021 at 6:42

There is also Parallels Desktop for Mac. Years ago I just received a license as a developer, and until now I did not find in any other hypervisor such an integration

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    Parallels is not free
    – mmmmmm
    Sep 13, 2018 at 12:30
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    I don't understand the down vote. Giving you a +1 for a good attempt at tackling an old question. Oh, and welcome to Ask Different.
    – Allan
    Sep 13, 2018 at 14:06
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    @gbiondo VMWare Workstation for Windows does have a free viewer that can run VMs so it is a valid question as to how run a VM for free under MacOS
    – mmmmmm
    Sep 13, 2018 at 17:05
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    @gbiondo The question is On Windows there is free player for VMWare is there a free version ons MacOS
    – mmmmmm
    Sep 14, 2018 at 9:56
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    The question and title is very clear - i there a free player for VMWare, Parallels is not free so does not answer the question
    – mmmmmm
    Sep 24, 2018 at 18:39

There Is Wine Or Playonmac There Are Free Like Virtualbox

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    Yes but not the same. They are not virtual machines
    – mmmmmm
    Oct 24, 2018 at 8:05

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