You can install Mac OS X, OS X, or macOS in a virtual machine. Fusion creates the virtual machine, opens the operating system installation assistant, and installs VMware Tools. VMware Tools loads the drivers required to optimize a virtual machine's performance.
Mac OS X, OS X, or macOS virtual machines that you create in Fusion can run on any Apple-branded hardware that uses Intel processors. The Apple licensing agreement defines the situations when it is permissible to virtualize Mac OS X, OS X, or macOS. Fusion does not change these terms or enable macOS on non-Apple hardware. You cannot use a Mac OS X, OS X, or macOS virtual machine in another VMware product, such as Workstation Pro.Fusion supports the following Mac server and client versions for the guest operating system:
Currently you cannot run VMWare on Macs with Apple’s M1 chip. However, VMWare has announced that they are actively working on updating VMWare Fusion for Apple’s M1 but they cannot yet provide a timeline for when that will be. It is also unclear wh.
- Mac OS X Server 10.5, 10.6
- Mac OS X 10.7
- OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11
- macOS 10.12, 10.13, 10.14, 10.15
- macOS 11.0
Fusion does not support the following features for Mac virtual machines:
- Multiple displays
- 3D Accelerated graphics
- Unity view
To install the operating system, use the procedure for creating a virtual machine for any supported operating system. See Create a Virtual Machine for Any Supported Operating System.
- However, for those that need to run another operating system like Linux or Windows, Rosetta 2 doesn’t support Virtualization, and Apple silicon Macs don’t support Boot Camp. That means it’s time for us to innovate and rebuild our beloved desktop hypervisor for Macs, VMware Fusion, to support the next generation of Apple hardware.
- VMware Fusion is a software hypervisor developed by VMware for Macintosh computers. VMware Fusion allows Intel-based Macs to run virtual machines with guest operating systems—such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, NetWare, Solaris, or macOS—within the host macOS operating system.
Vmware Fusion 11 Pro Mac
When you create a Linux virtual machine, you can use the Fusion Linux Easy Install feature to install the Linux operating system you provide and to install VMware Tools in your virtual machine.
Unless you specify a file location for a virtual machine when you create it, Fusion saves the virtual machine package to a default location, which can vary. See Default File Location of a Virtual Machine.
Vmware Fusion 11 Mac
You must obtain the operating system installation image. Fusion does not include any operating systems to install in virtual machines that you create.
- Select File > New. A dialog box appears with the Select the Installation Method panel showing.
- Insert the operating system installation CD into your Mac. Fusion detects it and asks for confirmation that it is the operating system to install.
- If it is the correct operating system, ensure that Install this operating system is selected and click Continue to go to the Linux Easy Install panel.
- In the Linux Easy Install dialog box, select the Use Easy Install option, provide the appropriate information, and click Continue.
- Enter your Display Name, Account Name, and Password.
- Select Make your home folder accessible to the virtual machine to have Linux Easy Install configure your home folder as a shared folder, so you can share files between the virtual machine and your Mac.
- (Optional) If you selected to make your home folder accessible, select either Read only or Read & Write for your virtual machine.
- In the Finish panel, you can use default settings or customize the settings before powering on the virtual machine to start the operating system installation.
Action To create the virtual machine according to the specifications listed in the Finish panel
- Click Finish.
- Indicate the location to save the virtual machine to or accept the default, such as the
your home directory/Virtual Machinesfolder.
- (Optional) To share the virtual machine with other users on the Mac host, save the virtual machine to the Shared folder and select the Share this virtual machine with other users on this Mac check box. Deselect the check box to save to the Shared folder but not share the virtual machine with other users on the Mac host. See Creating a Shared Virtual Machine in Fusion.
To change disk size or other standard settings of the virtual machine
- Click Customize Settings.
- Save the new virtual machine.
- Make changes to the virtual machine’s disk size, processor usage, removable devices, and other configurations on the Settings window.
Fusion starts the new virtual machine, installs the operating system, and installs VMware Tools.