VMWare Workstation Player is a free virtualization software that allows you to run multiple operating systems on a single host machine. This means you can create a virtual machine (VM) for Home Assistant, which is an efficient and safe way to run the software.
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In addition to the detailed written post, I also created a video tutorial for those who prefer visual content:
Download VMplayer for Windows from here
Then, install VMware Workstation 17 Player with all defaults.
On the User Experience screen, you can uncheck both options:
Continue with the install until complete.
Download the Vmware Workstation (.vmdk) image from here
Extract the file, and place it into a directory where your VM will live (C:\Home Assistant)
Launch VMware Workstation 17 Player. Select the free for non-commercial use option.
Click Create a New Virtual Machine
Click I will install the operating system later.
Select Linux. For the version, you would use Other Linux 5.x and later kernel 64-bit.
Give your VM a name (for example: ha) and select the folder you created in the previous step.
Confirm the popup. Select Continue.
Store it as a single file, and set your storage size to 32GB as recommended by Home Assistant documentation.
On the next screen, click Customize Hardware.
Set memory to at least 2GB
Make sure that Processors are set to at least 2
Set the network adapter needs to “bridged” mode.
Then go to Configure Adapters
Make sure to select only your Ethernet and WIFI adapters (if you’re going to use WIFI)
New CD/DVD (IDE) and
Printer as they will not be used.
This is how your hardware should look go to
Finish to create your Virtual Machine.
Navigate back to the C:\Home Assistant folder. Delete the ha.vmdk file.
Then rename the
haos _ova- 10.0.vmdk to
ha.vmdk (or the Virtual Machine name you created in the previous step).
Then, locate the homeassistant VMware virtual machine configuration file (.vmx). Right-click > Open With > notepad.
.encoding line, add the following code and save the file.
Select your VMThen, click Play Virtual machine or click the green triangle at the top of the window.
If you see this message, click OK.
If everything is successful up until this point, you should see the Home Assistant login screen with some IP addresses.
Once completed, you will be able to reach Home Assistant on homeassistant.local:8123. If you are running an older Windows version or have a stricter network configuration, you might need to access Home Assistant at homeassistant:8123 or
http://X.X.X.X:8123 (replace X.X.X.X with your’s IP address as shown for IPv4 Addresses in the image above).
You can just connect your zigbee stick to your PC, and it should be detected like so:
You can just connect your Bluetooth dongle to your PC, and it should be detected like so:
That’s it! You have successfully installed Home Assistant on Windows using VMWare.
Hope that helps.