VMware Fusion Pro 13 Now Freely Available for Personal Use

VMware has announced that its Fusion Pro and Workstation Pro virtualization software is now free for personal use. For those unfamiliar with Fusion, it is designed to allow Mac users to operate virtual machines to run non-macOS operating systems like Windows 11.

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The decision to make the software free was made by Broadcom, which acquired VMware in November 2023. In a blog post announcing the change, Broadcom said the move was part of a plan to simplify how the company brings VMware apps to market:

Fusion Pro and Workstation Pro will now have two license models. We now provide a Free Personal Use or a Paid Commercial Use subscription for our Pro apps. Users will decide based on their use case whether a commercial subscription is required.

This means that everyday users who want a virtual lab on their Mac, Windows or Linux computer can do so for free simply by registering and downloading the bits from the new download portal located at support.broadcom.com.

Broadcom also said it had discontinued Workstation Player and Fusion Player, although existing customers can upgrade to the more feature-packed Pro version at no extra cost. Meanwhile, VMware Player will remain bundled with Workstation Pro.

Broadcom said that customers who use Fusion and Workstation at/for work will still require a paid commercial subscription, which can be purchased through an authorized Broadcom Advantage partner. For more information, see the VMware website.

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Top Rated Comments

purplerainpurplerain Avatar
1 week ago

Download links on their site are broken.
So is Parallels finance department.
Score: 38 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Trik Avatar
1 week ago
Wow... Parallels is not going to like this very much at all. lol
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jhonjhon236 Avatar
1 week ago
Not going to lie, I was expecting Broadcom to ruin VMware with subscriptions or something. This is a pleasant suprise. Though I guess they are still screwing over enterprise clients so that sucks.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bsolar Avatar
1 week ago
There are alternative download URLs here ('https://twitter.com/TheBobPony/status/1790436459477934392').

I have downloaded the Mac version and verified the checksum with the one listed on the official Broadcom download page and they match:

SHA-256: baaa201c797af8e32a2ec3ae78c69bfedbe5c5c7960c3673885bd84e42ddfbb9
MD5: 0601c5b92139b3cbab3eba68217f6576

PS: To check the file once downloaded, open a terminal in the download directory and run one of the following commands to generate the corresponding checksum, then compare it with the official ones. They must match exactly:

shasum -a 256 VMware-Fusion-13.5.2-23775688_universal.dmg

Or

md5 VMware-Fusion-13.5.2-23775688_universal.dmg
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
neuropsychguy Avatar
1 week ago
Links are hard to find, to put it mildly. If you have a Broadcom account and are logged in, you can download Workstation Pro (Windows or Linux) from here, supposing the website is functioning: https://support.broadcom.com/group/ecx/productdownloads?subfamily=VMware Workstation Pro ('https://support.broadcom.com/group/ecx/productdownloads?subfamily=VMware%20Workstation%20Pro')

Or, command line download: [ICODE]wget https://softwareupdate.vmware.com/cds/vmw-desktop/ws/17.5.2/23775571/windows/core/VMware-workstation-17.5.2-23775571.exe.tar[/ICODE]

Edit: Fusion Pro downloads: https://support.broadcom.com/group/ecx/productdownloads?subfamily=VMware Fusion ('https://support.broadcom.com/group/ecx/productdownloads?subfamily=VMware%20Fusion')

2nd edit: Someone has mirrors posted (it's best to do your own checksum verification of the files): [MEDIA=twitter]1790436459477934392[/MEDIA]
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Reverend Benny Avatar
1 week ago
Give it a year or two then Broadcom will force you to pay. That company destroys most things they acquire.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)