How-to receive VMware Free License to VMware ESXi

The esxi (standalone server) is free, but it must be licensed. If not, it installs as 60 days trial, which expires after 2 month.

How-to receive and apply VMware Free License to VMware ESXi 6.0?

1. Download the VMware Hypervisor from this page (you’ll need to create an account if you don’t have one – it’s free).  For esxi 5 use this page.

create account


After that you can login to your newly created account at VMware. Once logged in you should see this page from which you can:

  • Copy the license key
  • Download the Free VMware Hypervisor
  • Download the vSphere client for management
  • Download VMware tools for Linux guests (an ISO file)


Download Portal esxi


2. Connect to your ESXi host > Configuration TAB > Licensed features  (this is same in ESXi 5.x as well as in ESXi 6.0).

Enter license


Your license information:



That’s all.

esx server


Stay tuned!