VMware® Player opens and plays virtual machines created in other VMware products. On Windows hosts, Player can also open and play Microsoft Virtual PC and Virtual Server virtual machines and Symantec LiveState Recovery and system images.

Player is included with Workstation. When you install Workstation, the Player application file is stored with the Workstation program files. On Windows hosts, the file is called vmplayer.exe. On Linux hosts, the file is called vmplayer.


You can download the standalone version of Player for free from the VMware Web site.

Verify that the virtual machine compatible with Player. See Configure a Virtual Machine for Compatibility.


Start Player.



From the GUI on a Windows host

Select Start > Programs > VMware > VMware Player.

From the command line on a Windows host

Type path\vmplayer.exe, where path is the path to the application file.

From a Linux X session

Select VMware Player from the corresponding program menu, such as the System Tools menu.

From the command line on a Linux host

Type vmplayer &.


Select File > Open a Virtual Machine and browse to the virtual machine configuration (.vmx) file.


Select the virtual machine and select Virtual Machine > Power > Play Virtual Machine to start the virtual machine in Player.