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VMware ESXi is a bare-metal hypervisor that installs directly onto your physical server.

Release Released General Support Latest
8.0 3 months and 2 weeks ago
(11 Oct 2022)
Ends in 4 years and 8 months
(11 Oct 2027)
8.0a Patch
(08 Dec 2022)
7.0 2 years and 10 months ago
(02 Apr 2020)
Ends in 2 years
(02 Apr 2025)
7.0 Update 3i
(08 Dec 2022)
6.7 4 years and 9 months ago
(17 Apr 2018)
Ended 3 months and 2 weeks ago
(15 Oct 2022)
6.7 P08
6.5 6 years ago
(15 Nov 2016)
Ended 3 months and 2 weeks ago
(15 Oct 2022)
6.5 P09
6.0 7 years and 10 months ago
(12 Mar 2015)
Ended 2 years and 10 months ago
(12 Mar 2020)
6.0 EP 25
5.5 9 years ago
(19 Sep 2013)
Ended 4 years ago
(19 Sep 2018)
5.5 Update 3k

VMware typically support ESXi for a duration of 7 years with 5 years of general support and an additional 2 years of technical guidance during which ESXi will no longer receive bug fixes and security updates. Additional information on lifecycle phases can be found at https://www.vmware.com/support/policies/enterprise-infrastructure.html.

General Support

The last date on which you can request support; the end of regular VMware maintenance updates and upgrades, bug and security fixes, and technical assistance as per the Support and Subscription Terms and Conditions.

Technical Guidance

The last date on which you can access support and workarounds for low-severity issues on supported configurations only. During the Technical Guidance phase, VMware does not offer new hardware support, server/client/guest OS updates, new security patches or bug fixes unless otherwise noted.

Release Technical Guidance Ends
8.0 11 Oct 2029
7.0 02 Apr 2027
6.7 15 Nov 2023
6.5 15 Nov 2023
6.0 12 Mar 2022
5.5 19 Sep 2020

More information is available on the VMware ESXi website.

You should be running one of the supported release numbers listed above in the rightmost column.

You can check the version that you are currently using by running:
vmware -l

You can submit an improvement to this page on GitHub :octocat: . This page has a corresponding Talk Page.

A JSON version of this page is available at /api/esxi.json. See the API Documentation for more information. You can subscribe to the iCalendar feed at /calendar/esxi.ics.

This page was last updated on 31 December 2022.