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Locating the VMware Workstation serial number (1000069)

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This article provides information for locating the VMware Workstation serial number from the order form and after the software is installed.


Order Confirmation Email

The Workstation serial number is listed in the order confirmation email you receive for your Workstation purchase.

My VMware

Workstation License Keys that have been registered with an account display in My VMware.

For more information, see Viewing license keys in My VMware (2006831).

Product Installation

  • Windows hosts 

    To locate the Workstation serial number in the Windows registry:
    1. Click Start > Run, type regedit, and press Enter.
    2. Navigate to Computer > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > VMware, Inc. > VMware Workstation > > Serial.

      Note: For 64-bit versions of Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista, the serial number is located at Computer > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Wow6432Node > VMware, Inc. >VMware Workstation > > Serial.

  • Linux hosts

    On Linux hosts, you can find the Workstation serial number in the /etc/vmware/license-ws-XX-XX-XXXXXX file in the your home directory.

Additional Information

For translated versions of this article, see:

Update History

09/05/2013 - Added Workstation 10.x (Windows & Linux) to Product Versions. 02/12/2014 - Updated for Workstation 11.x

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