What’s the Difference Between VMware Workstation and Player

What's the difference between VMware Workstation and VMware Player

In this post, I’ll show you the difference between VMware Workstation and VMware Player. VMware Workstation Pro is a hosted hypervisor that runs on x64 versions of Windows and Linux operating systems. It enables users to set up various virtual machines on a single physical host, and use them simultaneously along with the actual machine. In this article, I’ll make it clear because some users are confused to use VMware Player or Workstation.

VMware Player vs VMware Workstation Quick Overview

According to VMware Inc FAQ, VMware Workstation Player enables you to quickly and easily create and run virtual machines. The Workstation Player user interface is designed to be as easy to use as possible. It is intended for people who need to run virtual machines, typically provided to them by their IT organization, system administrator, instructor, software supplier, etc.

VMware Workstation Pro is much more advanced and comes with powerful features including snapshots, cloning, remote connections to vSphere or vCloud Air, sharing VMs, advanced Virtual Machines settings, and much more. Workstation is designed to be used by technical professionals such as developers, quality assurance engineers, systems engineers, IT administrators, technical support representatives, trainers, and more.

What’s the Difference Between VMware Workstation and Player

VMware Workstation Player vs VMware Workstation Pro

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VMware Workstation Player compared VMware Workstation Pro Table

Description Workstation Player Workstation Pro
Create New VMs Yes Yes
Create Large VMs (16CPU, 64GB RAM, 3GB vRAM) Yes Yes
Over 200 Supported Guest OSs Yes Yes
Mass Deployment Yes Yes
Host or Guest Integration
Host/Guest File Sharing Yes Yes
Run VMs with Different View Modes Yes Yes
3D Graphics with DX10.1 and OpenGL 3.3 Support Yes Yes
Drag-able Tabbed Interface No Yes
One-Click SSH to Linux VM No Yes
Device Support
4K Display Support Yes Yes
Support a Wide Range of Virtual Devices Yes Yes
USB Smart Card Reader Support Yes Yes
USB 3.0 Device Support Yes Yes
Works with Assistive Devices (Section 508 Compliant) Yes Yes
Multi-Language Keyboard Support Yes Yes
Security Features
Microsoft Virtualization Based Security (Guest) Support Yes Yes
Virtual Trusted Platform Module (vTPM) Yes Yes
UEFI Boot Support Yes Yes
UEFI Secure Boot Support Yes Yes
Create/Manage Encrypted VM No Yes
Virtual Network Rename No Yes
Advanced Features
Run Managed/Restricted Desktop Yes Yes
REST API Control Yes Yes
vCenter Server Appliance Effortless Deploy Yes Yes
Command Line Operation: vmrun Yes Yes
Snapshots No Yes
Run Multiple VMs at Once No Yes
Run Encrypted VM No Yes
Virtual Network Customization No Yes
Virtual Network Simulation (packet loss, latency) No Yes
Virtual Machine Cloning No Yes
Share Virtual Machine (Workstation Server) No Yes
Connect to vSphere/ESXi Server No Yes
Remote vSphere Host Power Control No Yes

If you want to get full details of VMware virtualization, please read VMware’s Post.


In this article, I’ve shown detailed information about the difference between VMware Workstation and Player. So basically VMware player has a simple user interface that has basic functionalities whereas VMware Workstation Pro has complex UI and has more advanced functionalities. VMware Workstation is used by beginners but VMware Workstation Pro used by Experts such as IT Administrators, developers, system engineers, and more. I hope you enjoyed this post and have learned something useful.


Mukhtar Jafari is the founder and CEO of wikigain.com. He is CISCO CCENT & CCNA Certified and has got his diploma in IT Networking from North Metro TAFE PERTH. He is currently working as a Help Desk Technician at DEEPTECH Perth Western Australia. In addition, he loves helping other tech enthusiasts so he is working part-time on wikigain.com. He shares his experience through this website for IT beginners.

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