VMware Fusion: Desktop Hypervisors for Mac

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VMware Fusion: Desktop Hypervisors for Mac

With all-new Windows 11 support on Macs with Apple silicon, including a built-in “Get Windows” feature and full 3D graphics support, Fusion continues to be an indispensable tool for every Mac user. With unmatched OS support, rock-solid stability and advanced features, it’s easy to see why millions of IT professionals, developers and businesses choose VMware Fusion every day.

Run Nearly Any Operating System on a Mac

Running Windows on Mac is only the beginning. Choose from hundreds of supported operating systems, from cloud-ready Linux distributions to the latest Windows 11 on Intel or Apple Silicon Macs, all without rebooting.

Improve vSphere Connectivity

Use Fusion Pro to connect to remote vSphere and ESXi servers to launch, control and manage VMs as well as physical hosts. Fusion can even transfer your local VMs to VMware Clouds via drag-and-drop.

Develop and Test for Any Platform

With support for virtual machines, containers, or Kubernetes clusters on the Mac, Fusion provides developers with a versatile and automatable platform to build and test applications of any kind.

Design and Demo Software Solutions

With the ability to run an entire virtual cloud stack on a single Mac, you can demonstrate a complete solution in real time, with safe rollback points to return to useful configurations.

Key Features

Apple Silicon and Intel Mac Support

Fusion 13 delivers a Universal Binary with 1 download to support Macs with either Intel or Apple silicon running macOS 12 or later.

Windows 11 for Arm Downloader

Get up and running right away with Windows 11 on the Mac by using the all-new built-in “Get Windows” feature on Macs with Apple silicon.

Dramatic Windows 11 on Arm Support

With accelerated DirectX 11 3D graphics, VMware Tools support, and the all-new “Get Windows” feature, Windows 11 for Arm has never felt this good on the Mac.

Choose your Sandboxing Experience

Rapidly transfer even the largest files between VM and Mac or isolate your virtual machine entirely by disabling integration features for maximum security.

Powerful Graphics

Windows 11 on Arm now delivers DirectX 11 on Macs with Apple silicon. Play games, run apps, and enjoy a fluid and highly responsive overall desktop experience.

Virtual Networking for Professionals

Create custom virtual networks with unique subnet settings, MTU sizes, NAT port forwarding, degraded network simulations and more with Fusion Pro.

Tech Specs

Fusion 13

See VMware Fusion system requirements:

Hardware

VMware Fusion 13 can run on Macs with Intel or Apple silicon which support macOS 12 and later.

Software

Fusion 13 supports running on macOS 12 Monterey, macOS 13 Ventura and macOS 14 Sonoma.

Fusion or Fusion Pro - Choose the Right Version for You

General

Fusion Player

Fusion Pro

Create new VMs: Windows 11, Linux and more

   

Create Large VMs (32CPU, 128GB RAM)

   

macOS 12 Monterey, macOS 13 Ventura and macOS 14 Sonoma Host support

   

 

 

 

Host Guest Integration

Fusion Player

Fusion Pro

Host/Guest File Sharing (drag-drop, copy-paste)

   

Shared/Mirrored Folders (Intel only)

   

 

 

 

Graphics

Fusion Player

Fusion Pro

3D graphics with DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.3 support

   

Large Graphics Memory: 8GB

   

 

 

 

Device Support

Fusion Player

Fusion Pro

4K / 5K / Retina Display Support

   

USB Smart Card Reader Support

   

USB 3.1 Device Support

   

Assistive Device Support (Section 508 Compliant)

   

 

 

 

Security Features

Fusion Player

Fusion Pro

Virtual Trusted Platform Module v2.0 (vTPM)

   

UEFI + Secure Boot Support

   

GPU Sandbox Renderer

   

Create/Manage Encrypted VM

   

 

 

 

Guest Operating Systems

Fusion Player

Fusion Pro

Over 200 Supported OSs (Linux, older Windows, BSD)

   

Windows 11 or Windows 10

   

macOS Guests* (Intel Macs Only)

   

 

 

 

Advanced Features

Fusion Player

Fusion Pro

Automation capabilities: vmrun + REST API

   

Support containers with vctl, docker-machine

   

Snapshots / Roll-Back point

   

Virtual Network Customization (NAT, network rename)

   

Virtual Network Simulation (Packet Loss, Latency, Bandwidth)

   

Connect to vSphere/ESXi Server

   

Remote vSphere Host Power Control

   

Create Linked Clones

   

Create Full Clones

   

 

 

 

Licensing

Fusion Player

Fusion Pro

Free for Personal Use

   

Commercial License

   

Trial License

   

 

 

 

VMware Fusion

VMware Fusion lets you run macOS, Windows, Linux and other x86-based operating systems as virtual machines on Intel Macs. On Macs with Apple silicon, Fusion supports the Arm editions of those operating systems, including Windows 11. Nearly all programs that run on these operating systems will run with VMware Fusion.

Yes, VMware Fusion 13 has 3D hardware-accelerated graphics support on both Apple silicon Macs as well as older Intel models. Fusion supports DirectX 11 and earlier in Windows VMs, and OpenGL 4.3 in Linux VMs. OpenGL 4.3 is also supported in the Intel versions of Windows.

Fusion with Windows

Yes. While on Macs with Apple silicon Fusion provides a built-in “Get Windows” utility for installation, users are still responsible to license their own operating systems accordingly.

Virtual Machine Compatibility

Yes, you can run as many virtual machines concurrently with VMware Fusion 13 Pro and Player as your system’s CPU, RAM and disk storage will support. In fact, VMware Fusion leverages patented memory-sharing techniques to drastically reduce the memory required to run multiple virtual machines at the same time.

You can create an unlimited number of virtual machines from a single VMware Fusion license. You will need to provide the required operating system software and license for each installation of a virtual machine.

Downloads and Trials

After the evaluation period has expired, you will be prompted to enter a license key. After purchasing the product, you will be provided a license key. Enter the purchased license key when prompted to unlock the full "unlimited" version of the software. To take advantage of complimentary email support for up to 18 months, your license key must be registered. If you purchased the product from the VMware Online store, your license key is automatically registered. If you purchased from a reseller, you need to manually register your license key in your VMware Customer Connect account. Please consult this KB article.

 

No. You simply need to update your license key in VMware Fusion. You can do this from the "VMware Fusion" menu, click on "License" and enter your new license key.

Licensing and Upgrades

VMware Fusion Player and Fusion Pro are perpetually licensed, with options for Support and Subscription add-ons to provide additional security for upgrades and troubleshooting.

To license VMware Fusion, simply enter a purchased license key during product installation in the license key field. Alternatively, you can enter your serial / license key from the "VMware Fusion" drop-down menu in the product. Choose "License" in the drop-down menu, enter the serial / license key and choose "OK."

Complimentary email support is activated as soon as your paid VMware Fusion license key is registered. 

VMware Fusion Pro offers paid licenses for individual and commercial uses, and are available for purchase from our online store or from our authorized resellers and partners.

VMware Fusion Player is dual-licensed, with options for Personal Use or a Commercial Use license. Fusion Player Personal Use licenses can be obtained for free by  registering at vmware.com.

VMware Fusion Player Commercial Licenses are available for purchase from our online store or from our authorized resellers and partners.

If you purchased the product from the VMware Online store, your license key is automatically registered. If you purchased from a reseller, you may need to manually register your license key in your VMware Customer Connect account. Please consult this KB article for detailed instructions on license key registration.

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