Download the installer for ESXi. You can obtain the software either from an OEM or from the VMware download portal at


Create a VMware Customer Connect account. For more information, see How to create a Customer Connect profile (2007005).


  1. Log in to VMware Customer Connect.
  2. Navigate to Products and Accounts > All Products.
  3. Find VMware vSphere and click View Download Components.
  4. Select a VMware vSphere version from the Select Version drop-down menu.
  5. Select a version of VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) and click GO TO DOWNLOADS.
  6. Download an ESXi ISO image.
  7. Complete the registration form.
    After completing the registration form, look for an activation email in your inbox.
    If you do not see the activation email:
  8. Click Activate your VMware ESXi License and access your download.
    This gives you the serial key for VMware ESXi.

What to do next

For an evaluation copy of ESXi, go to

For more information on ESXi downloads and licensing, see VMware knowledge base article 2107518.

For product patches to ESXi, see VMware knowledge base article 1021623 or go to