Fusion Makes Running Windows On a Mac Easy

VMware Fusion Pro and VMware Fusion let anyone run Windows and hundreds of other operating systems on a Mac without rebooting. Simple enough for new users and powerful enough for IT professionals, developers and businesses, Fusion provides agility, productivity and security every day.

With over 15 years of virtualization leadership, millions of satisfied customers and more than 50 awards, VMware provides the most stable and secure desktop virtualization platform in the industry.


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Fusion Frees You to Innovate in Your Own Space

Runs Nearly Any Operating System

Running Windows on the Mac is the tip of the iceberg. You now have the power to stay on the cutting edge of technology. VMware Fusion lets you choose among hundreds of operating systems, from lesser-known Linux distributions to the latest Windows 10 release.

Connects to VMware vSphere

Fusion securely connects with vSphere, ESXi and Fusion servers to launch, control and manage both virtual machines and physical hosts. Thanks to a common VMware platform, it’s trivial to transfer virtual machines to and from your Mac, giving you maximum agility and productivity.

Makes Windows Feel at Home on the Mac

Fusion blends your Windows experience seamlessly with the Mac you love. You have the flexibility to keep the two worlds securely apart, or integrate them as one seamless experience. Install a fresh OS like Windows 10 or easily convert an older PC into a virtual one.

Simplifies Development for any Platform

DevOps and developers use Fusion every day to build the next big thing. Fusion makes it simple to test almost any OS and application on a Mac. Build a new app, build the supporting cloud servers, and test the end-to-end process right on your laptop.

Runs Local Corporate Desktops

Isolate corporate desktops from BYO devices by disabling copy-and-paste, drag-and-drop, shared folders and access to USB devices. Run restricted virtual machines that are encrypted and password-protected, ensuring that only authorized users can interact with corporate data.

Is Ideal for Work and Play

For games and highly demanding 3D applications like AutoCAD or SOLIDWORKS, you can dedicate a massive 2GB of video memory, giving an immersive DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3 experience like no other.


macOS Sierra-Ready

Launch virtual machines on Macs with macOS 10.12 Sierra, or safely test the new macOS in a sandbox on your current Mac without disruption.

Built for Windows 10

Stay on the cutting edge with full support for running Windows 10 as a virtual machine on your Mac. 

Integrated Experience

Enjoy seamless copy-and-paste between Windows and Mac, drag-and-drop file sharing, folder sharing and mirroring, and networking and printing that require no setup.

Non-Integrated Experience

Isolate the Mac from Windows by disabling integration features to secure and protect the operating systems from each other. VMware Fusion gives you choices that aren’t possible when carrying a second computer.

The Perfect Complement to Boot Camp

No more choosing between Windows or Mac at startup. Fusion lets you run Windows and Mac apps side-by-side directly from your existing Boot Camp partition without re-installing or rebooting.

Clones for Rapid Duplication

Save time and effort when creating the same VM repeatedly. Use “Linked Clones” to quickly duplicate a VM while significantly reducing physical disk space. You can also use “Full Clones” to create fully isolated duplicates that you can share with others.

Flexible App Interaction

Unity mode hides the Windows desktop so you can run Windows apps just like Mac apps. You can launch Windows apps directly from Dock, Spotlight or Launchpad and view them in Exposé, Spaces and Mission Control as if they were Mac apps. Easily interact with Windows apps using Mac shortcuts and intuitive gestures.


Use Snapshots to create a ‘rollback point’ to revert to on the fly, which is perfect for testing unknown software or creating customer demos. Snapshots make it easy to test a variety of different scenarios without needing to install multiple operating systems.

Powerful Networking

Create complex IPv4 or IPv6 virtual networks for virtual machines, or integrate with third-party software to design full data center topologies using real-world routing software and tools.

Connection to vSphere

Use Fusion to connect to vSphere, ESXi or Fusion servers. Drive remote VMs, command power operations or transfer virtual machines to and from vSphere environments. With a common underlying hypervisor, it’s easy to run VMs from the corporate data center, right from the comfort of your Mac.

Installations Were Never This Easy

Run Windows from a Boot Camp partition, install from a Windows disc, migrate to an existing PC or even install macOS Sierra from a download or recovery partition. Fusion provides a simple yet powerful way to install multiple operating systems on your Mac.

Retina and 5K Display-Ready

Fusion looks beautiful on the latest 5K iMac displays and supports mixed retina and non-retina setups. Use a standard DPI display with your retina MacBook Pro or add a 4K display to your setup without hassle. No matter what sort of display you’re using, Fusion makes Windows look better than ever.



Mac Virtualization Done Right

Fusion delivers a desktop virtualization solution designed for every kind of Mac user.

IT Pros get a high-powered productivity tool. Developers get an expansive engineering environment. Business leaders can enable their BYO initiatives. Students and home users get the best of all worlds.

IT Pros 

IT Pros

With Fusion, you can run virtual machines that are compatible with your corporate data center right from your laptop. Quickly perform management tasks on vSphere and integrate with industry-leading network tools to design and test enterprise topologies without spinning up costly rack-mounted hardware.


Use cases:

  • Data center design and test
  • Data center management
  • Network design and test

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With broad OS support and integration with agile development workflow tools, Fusion is the foundation of modern development and testing. Whether you’re working with iOS, Android or Linux, building Windows applications on a Mac, or cloud-scale container-driven web apps with workflow automation, VMware offers the most comprehensive tools available.

Use cases:

  • Multi-operating system development
  • Multi-operating system test
  • DevOps \ Agile development workflows

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Fusion offers unparalleled agility, productivity and security for delivering corporate desktops and legacy applications to laptops for M&A, contractors, field workers, or as an enabler in BYOPC and Mac initiatives, even when offline. By delivering Windows and Linux on a Mac, Fusion can accelerate user adoption and productivity, while driving down costs.

Use cases:

  • Corporate desktops
  • Legacy applications

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System Requirements

  • Any 64-bit capable Intel® Mac® (Compatible with Core 2 Duo, Xeon, i3, i5, i7 processors or better)
  • Minimum 4GB of RAM
  • 750MB free disk space for VMware Fusion and at least 5GB for each virtual machine
  • Operating system installation media (disk or disk image) for virtual machines
  • Microsoft Windows is not included with VMware Fusion

Recommended graphics hardware for Windows DirectX 10 or OpenGL 3.3 includes NVIDIA 8600M or better and ATI 2600 or better

Host Operating Systems

  • Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • macOS 10.12 Sierra

Guest Operating Systems

More than 200 operating systems are supported, including:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.X
  • Windows 7
  • Windows XP
  • macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • Ubuntu
  • RedHat
  • SUSE
  • Debian
  • CentOS

For a complete list of supported host and guest operating systems visit the VMware Compatibility Guide.


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Create and run multiple operating systems as VMs    
Create large VMs (64GB RAM)    
Mass deployment    
Multiple Snapshots    
Convert PC into a virtual machine    

macOS Integration

Host/guest file sharing    
Shared / Mirrored folders    
Run VM with different view modes    
Unity View mode    
3D graphics with DX10 and OpenGL 3.3 support    

Device Support

Runs on the latest Macs    
High resolution 4K / 5K / retina display support    
Support a wide range of virtual devices    
USB Smart card reader support    
Works with assistive devices (Section 508 Compliant)    
Multi-language keyboard support    

Operating System Support

Support for Windows 10 VM    
Support for macOS Sierra host and guest    
Over 200 OS’s supported (Linux, older Windows, BSD)    
Run BootCamp as VM    
Import / Convert BootCamp into VM    

Advanced Features

Command line operation: vmrun and VIX    
3rd party integrations    
Create linked clones    
Create full clone    
Advanced networking    
Secure VM encryption    
Connect to vSphere/ESXi server    
Connect to vCloud Air    


VMware Fusion

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What programs can I run with VMware Fusion?

VMware Fusion lets you run more than 200 operating systems as virtual machines, including Windows XP through Windows 8. Nearly all programs that run on these operating systems will run with VMware Fusion. Programs can range from common productivity suites such as Microsoft Office for Windows, to graphic intensive programs such as AutoCAD or SolidWorks.

Can I play 3D games in a virtual machine?

Yes, VMware Fusion 8 has 3D accelerated graphics support, allowing you to play most games that require DirectX 9.0c with Shader Model 3 or OpenGL 2.1 in Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 virtual machines.

Fusion with Windows

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Can I convert my old Windows PC into a virtual machine for VMware Fusion?

Yes, VMware Fusion includes a simple Migration Assistant for Windows that allows you to quickly and easily move your entire PC to your Mac as a virtual machine. Install a simple application on your PC, connect it to your Mac, and VMware Fusion will detect your PC and take care of the rest.

Do I need a copy of Windows to run VMware Fusion?

Yes. VMware Fusion requires the installation of an operating system in order to function. The operating system is not included with the purchase of VMware Fusion. You can either migrate an existing copy of Windows from your old PC or install a new one. In order to run a Windows virtual machine, you must have a licensed copy of that Windows operating system or purchase a new Windows license.

Virtual Machine Compatibility

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Can I run multiple virtual machines on a Mac at the same time?

Yes, you can run as many virtual machines concurrently with VMware Fusion 8 as your system’s RAM 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.

How many virtual machines can I create from a single VMware Fusion license?

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

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Can I convert my trial license to a permanent license?

After the evaluation period has expired, you will be prompted to enter a license key. If you have purchased the product you will have received a new 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 My VMware. Please consult this KB article for detailed instructions on license key registration.

Do I need to download VMware Fusion again if I am converting my trial license to a full license?

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

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How do I license my copy of VMware Fusion?

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

How do I register my copy of VMware Fusion with VMware?

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 My VMware. Please consult this KB article for detailed instructions on license key registration.


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When does complimentary support start?

Complimentary support starts when your VMware Fusion license is registered. Registration takes place automatically if you purchase your product from the VMware Online store. If you purchased from a reseller, you need to register your license in My VMware. Please consult this KB article for detailed instructions on license key registration.

How long does complimentary support last?

Complimentary support for VMware Fusion and VMware Fusion Pro is valid for 18 months from product registration.


For Windows and Linux

At VMware, we refuse to make you choose. We know you’re under constant pressure to increase productivity and agility, but you can’t sacrifice security. You aren’t satisfied running only Mac applications on your Macs, or having to reboot to run apps on different operating systems. Now you can run whichever apps will keep you most productive, wherever you want to use them.

If macOS isn’t your main operating system, you’ll be pleased to know that all these features are available for other operating systems.

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