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