Features:

  • Run any virtual machine. Run virtual machines created by VMware Workstation, GSX Server or ESX Server. VMware Player also supports Microsoft virtual machines and Symantec LiveState Recovery disk formats.
  • Access host PC devices. Use host CD/DVD drives, network adapters, and plug-and-play USB devices.
  • Copy and paste. Copy text and files between the virtual machine and the host PC.
  • Drag and drop. Drag and drop files between a Windows host PC and a Windows virtual machine.
  • Multiple networking options. Virtual machines can share or obtain new IP addresses or be isolated from the network and host.
  • 32- and 64-bit host and guest operating system support. Run a wide variety of virtual machines containing 32- and 64-bit operating systems simultaneously on the same physical PC. Compatible 64-bit guest operating systems include select Microsoft Windows, Red Hat, SUSE, and FreeBSD distributions.
  • Adjustable memory. Tune virtual machine memory for optimal performance.
  • Configurable shutdown. Power down or suspend the virtual machine when closing VMware Player.
  • Integrated Google Search. VMware Player includes Google search capabilities, fully integrated for conveniently searching the web without launching a browser.

What's New:

VMware Workstation 12 Player version 12.5.0 is a maintenance release that resolves some known issues. It is a free upgrade for all VMware Workstation 12 Player users.

Known Issues

The following issues might occur in this version of VMware Workstation Player.

  • After you exit full screen mode on a multi-monitor system, an Ubuntu 16.04 virtual machine does not refresh properly
  • On a system with more than one monitor connected, if an Ubuntu 16.04 virtual machine is in full screen mode, using all displays, the virtual machine does not refresh its display properly after you exit full screen mode.
  • Workaround: If you experience this issue on an Ubuntu 16.04 virtual machine, restart the virtual machine. If you want to switch the virtual machine to full screen mode, use a single display only.
  • When you install an Ubuntu 16.04 guest using the Easy Install option, an incorrect VMware Tools related menu item appears
  • In this situation, VMware Tools is installed, but when you select the VM drop-down menu, the Install VMware Tools option is available instead of the Reinstall VMware Tools option.
  • Workaround: Restart the virtual machine.

Resolved Issues

The following issues were resolved in this version of VMware Workstation Player.

  • Running graphic software with MSAA enabled causes VMware Workstation Player to crash
  • In a Windows virtual machine, running graphic software, such as a Realtime Landscape Architect program, or a graphic game, such as Civilization 4, with Multisample anti-aliasing (MSAA) enabled causes VMware Workstation Player to crash.
  • DNS names are not resolved in a Windows virtual machine running on an Ubuntu 16.04 host. When you select a Network Address Translation (NAT) network for a Windows virtual machine running on an Ubuntu 16.04 host, Domain Name System (DNS) names are not properly resolved.
  • Enabling port forwarding breaks NAT. When you enable port forwarding, network address translation (NAT) breaks.
  • Attempting to format a USB flash drive in a Windows guest with a USB 3.0 controller fails with an error
  • When you connect a flash drive to a guest operating system and try to format the drive using a built-in Windows utility, the flash drive fails with the error Windows was unable to complete the format.
  • When using an Android Debug Bridge (ADB) daemon in an Ubuntu or Debian guest, the VMware Workstation Player window becomes unresponsive over time. Starting an ADB daemon in an Ubuntu or Debian guest operating system causes a memory leak, which in turn causes the VMware Workstation window to become less responsive over time.
  • DNS names are not resolved in a Windows virtual machine running on an Ubuntu 16.04 host. When you select a Network Address Translation (NAT) network for a Windows virtual machine running on an Ubuntu 16.04 host, Domain Name System (DNS) names are not properly resolved.
  • Enabling port forwarding breaks NAT. When you enable port forwarding, network address translation (NAT) breaks.
  • Attempting to format a USB flash drive in a Windows guest with a USB 3.0 controller fails with an error. When you connect a flash drive to a guest operating system and try to format the drive using a built-in Windows utility, the flash drive fails with the error Windows was unable to complete the format.
  • When using an Android Debug Bridge (ADB) daemon in an Ubuntu or Debian guest, the VMware Workstation Player window becomes unresponsive over time. Starting an ADB daemon in an Ubuntu or Debian guest operating system causes a memory leak, which in turn causes the VMware Workstation window to become less responsive over time.