VMware player is the free version of the type 2 hypervisor. Virtual box is the same type, and it has a lot more features for free. For type 1 hypervisors (operating systems), ESXi is free with some limitations. There are others for this option too.Is VMware free or not?
VMware Workstation Player is free for personal, non-commercial use (business and nonprofit use is considered commercial use). If you would like to learn about virtual machines or use them at home, you are welcome to use VMware Workstation Player for free.