Minikube on Windows using VMWare Workstation

Sep 16, 2019 · 1 min read

If you are running VMWare Workstation 15 and want to run minikube, just follow these easy instructions.

First, you need some additional software from VMWare.

Download the .exe file for Windows and rename the file to docker-machine-driver-vmware.exe and place it somewhere in your path. I picked C:\Windows\System32 but anywhere that’s set up in your ENV should be fine.

In an administrator run command prompt:

minikube start --memory=4096 --cpus=4 --vm-driver vmware

You might not see your new minikube VM inside your VMWare Workstation Console. Just scan for VM Images starting a C:\ and it will show up.


If things get stuck, you might have to disable Hyper-V and reboot. If you do this, things like Docker for Desktop on Windows will stop working. That’s okay.

bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype off

Reboot, delete your minikube instance and try again

minikube delete
minikube start --memory=4096 --cpus=4 --vm-driver vmware


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