VMWare ESXi 5.1/5.5 free license key

I’m not sure why people can’t find the free license key that’s readily available on VMWare’s website. Here’s where to look for it:

  1. Visit the site https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/evalcenter?p=free-esxi5&lp=default
  2. Click “License & download” and login with your vmware user account or register yourself a new one.
  3. Under “License & Information” you will find the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5 License key.


If you came here looking for an ESXi VMware 4.1 free license key please see my previous post.

Here’s a link to the procedures for getting the free ESXi 6.0 license.

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Alfred Tong
Author and owner of this blog. A Networking enthusiast, full time networking and systems Engineer. Generally curious about all things IT.Certifications: GIAC GSEC, CCNP-S, CCNP, CCSP, CCDP, CCNA, RHCE, JNCIA - FWV
  • MeDaMCSE

    Mr Tong, If VMware’s site actually worked… it might be easy. But even as a registered user, every time I get “Unable to Complete Your Request
    We cannot complete your request at this time. We are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible”

    • Alfred Tong

      I just logged on and got the license key without any issues. I have updated my post with a screenshot to reflect that. Unfortunately you might just have to keep trying on Vmware’s site.