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VMware Tanzu Community Edition is a full-featured, easy to manage Kubernetes platform for learners and users. It is a freely available, community supported, open source distribution of VMware Tanzu that can be installed and configured in minutes on your local workstation or your favorite cloud.

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Take on new challenges confidently

Count on the same open source software used in Tanzu commercial editions to take you wherever you need to go.

Explore independently

Enjoy freely available Tanzu software, top-notch education resources, and community support.

Get up and running in minutes

Install and configure quickly on your local workstation or favorite cloud.

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What will you do with
Tanzu Community Edition?

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Learn

Looking to build or sharpen your cloud native skills? Getting ready for that certification exam? Just plain curious? Gain practical knowledge and skills in a hands-on environment you can run on your local workstation.

Evaluate

Do your due diligence. Put Tanzu Community Edition to the test with the biggest, gnarliest challenges you have. Run a proof of concept, compare with alternatives, and complete the independent, objective research you need to support your strategic platform decision making.

Use

Tanzu Community Edition is free and open source. It’s also full-featured, easy to manage, and supported by this community—and it’s yours to use, no strings attached. Whether you’re an application developer, IT operator, or DevOps engineer, look no further.

A complete and customizable Kubernetes platform

Tanzu Community Edition includes all of the open source software used in Tanzu commercial editions.

* currently planned integrations

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Tanzu Community Edition?

VMware Tanzu Community Edition is a full-featured, easy-to-manage Kubernetes platform for learners and users. It is a freely available, community supported, open source distribution of VMware Tanzu that can be installed and configured in minutes on your local workstation or your favorite cloud.

Who is Tanzu Community Edition for?

Tanzu Community Edition is for anyone who would like to learn about, evaluate, or use Tanzu software in a community-supported environment. Whether you need to build practical cloud native skills, run a Kubernetes proof-of-concept, do inner loop development work on your local workstation, or simply explore on your own, Tanzu Community Edition could be the perfect starting point for you.

What problems does Tanzu Community Edition solve?

Tanzu Community Edition makes it easier to overcome the most common barriers to learning and using Kubernetes: access to a suitable Kubernetes platform, cost, and Kubernetes complexity.

What is the difference between Tanzu Community Edition and other Tanzu editions?

Unlike other Tanzu editions, Tanzu Community Edition is freely available and community supported; other editions are commercially supported. Additionally, Tanzu Community Edition is 100% open source software that you run and manage yourself, so it provides some management and observability capabilities via software that you manage while other editions provide these capabilities as VMware managed services. Similarly, open source software is used in Tanzu Community Edition to provide certain networking capabilities that Standard and Advanced editions extend with advanced proprietary software.

Is Tanzu Community Edition like a free trial?

Yes, and No. Like a free trial, Tanzu Community Edition doesn’t cost you anything, and can be used to get started with the Tanzu Platform. Unlike free trials offered by most vendors, Tanzu Community Edition is unencumbered by expiration, scaling restrictions, or functional limitations, and you can download it without engaging sales or marketing teams.

Where do I go for help with Tanzu Community Edition?

You’ll find a welcoming community ready to help you be successful with Tanzu Community Edition at tanzucommunityedition.io. Join the community to learn from knowledgeable experts who can answer your questions and deepen your understanding. You can even engage directly with Tanzu developers if you want to dig deep into Tanzu technology or help guide its future direction.