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VMware Fusion: Desktop Hypervisors for Mac

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VMware Fusion: Desktop Hypervisors for Mac

Gain the freedom to be more productive, agile and secure in your preferred environment. IT professionals, developers and businesses choose VMware Fusion desktop hypervisors for unmatched OS support, rock-solid stability and advanced features. With Fusion Player and Fusion Pro, run nearly any OS as VMs on Mac for development, testing, gaming or even simulating production clouds on local desktops.

Run Nearly Any Operating System on a Mac

Running Windows on Mac is only the beginning. Choose from hundreds of supported operating systems, from lesser-known Linux distributions to the latest Windows 10 or macOS, all without rebooting.

Improve vSphere Connectivity

Connect to remote vSphere and ESXi servers to launch, control and manage VMs and physical hosts, with improved visibility into data center and host topology. Easily transfer VMs with drag-and-drop.

Develop and Test for Any Platform

Our CLI tool, vctl, lets you build, run and manage OCI containers (including support for “kind”) and Kubernetes clusters with the security, performance and isolation features of virtual machines.

Design and Demo Software Solutions

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

Key Features

macOS Big Sur Support

Fusion 12 Pro and Player support running VMs on macOS 11 Big Sur, including features like Sidecar, which lets you use your iPad as the display for your VM.

Monster Virtual Machines

Support massively sized virtual machines with up to 32 CPU cores, 128GB of RAM, 10TB virtual disks and 8GB of vRAM per VM with available hardware.

Containers and Kubernetes Support

Run OCI container images or local Kubernetes clusters with the vctl CLI to build and test modern apps or get more familiar with emerging cloud technologies.

Sandboxed Experience

Isolate the Mac from Windows by disabling integration features, letting you secure and protect operating systems from each other. 

Powerful Graphics with eGPUs

Run modern games and apps with support for DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.1 in Windows and Linux, with added support for eGPUs to deliver maximum graphics performance.

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 12

See VMware Fusion system requirements:

Hardware

All Intel-based Macs launched in 2012* or later are supported, as well as:

 

  • 2010 Mac Pro “Six Core”, “Eight Core” and “Twelve Core”.

*With exception, the following Macs are not supported:

 

  • Macs based on Apple Silicon CPUs
 
  • 2012 Mac Pro “Quad Core” using the Intel Xeon
    W3565 Processor

Software

Fusion 12 supports Macs with macOS 11.0 Big Sur and macOS 10.15 Catalina. Fusion 12 does not function on macOS 10.14 and earlier.

Metal Host Graphics Rendering Engine

The Metal rendering engine requires an Apple
Mac computer which supports Metal. See Apple's documentation regarding Metal supported Macs: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205073

Requirements to support DirectX 11 3D Acceleration in a virtual machine:

Hardware

  • Mac Pro 2013 and later        
  • iMac 27-inch 2014 and later
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch 2015 and later
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch 2015 with dual graphics and later
  • MacBook Air 2015 and later
  • MacBook 2015 and later
  • iMac 21-inch 2015 and later
  • iMac Pro 2017 and later
  • MacMini 2018 and l

Fusion or Fusion Pro - Choose the Right Version for You

General

Fusion Player

Fusion Pro

Create New VMs

   

Create Large VMs (32CPU, 128GB RAM)

   

Convert PC into a virtual machine

   

Mass Deployment

   

 

 

 

Host Guest Integration

Fusion Player

Fusion Pro

Host/Guest File Sharing

   

Shared/Mirrored Folders

   

One-Click SSH to Linux VM

   

Run VMs with Different View Modes

   

Unity View Mode (Windows guests only)

   

 

 

 

Graphics

Fusion Player

Fusion Pro

3D graphics with DX11 and OpenGL 4.1 support

   

Large Graphics Memory: 8GB

   

 

 

 

Device Support

Fusion Player

Fusion Pro

4K / 5K / Retina Display Support

   

Support a Wide Range of Virtual Devices

   

USB Smart Card Reader Support

   

USB 3.1 Device Support

   

Assistive Device Support (Section 508 Compliant)

   

Multi-Language Keyboard Support

   

Virtual Trusted Platform Module Device

   

Virtual NVMe Device

   

 

 

 

Security Features

Fusion Player

Fusion Pro

Microsoft Virtualization Based Security (Guest) Support

   

Virtual Trusted Platform Module (vTPM)

   

UEFI Boot Support

   

UEFI Secure Boot Support

   

GPU Sandbox Renderer

   

Snapshots

   

Create/Manage Encrypted VM

   

 

 

 

Host Operating Systems

Fusion Player

Fusion Pro

Windows 10 Host

   
Linux - Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, Fedora,RHEL, SUSE, openSUSE     
macOS 11 and greater     

 

 

 

Guest Operating Systems

Fusion Player

Fusion Pro

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

   

Windows 10 Guests

   

macOS Guests

   

 

 

 

Mac Host Specific Features

Fusion Player

Fusion Pro

macOS 11 Host support

   

macOS Guest Support

   

Windows apps in the Mac Dock

   

One-Click SSH to Linux VM

   

Metal Graphics Engine

   

BootCamp Import / Launch

   

Application Menu

   

 

 

 

Windows Host Specific Features

Fusion Player

Fusion Pro

Windows 10 Host

   

DX12 Rendering Engine

   

Hyper-V Mode Support (Device Guard, WSL)

   

 

 

 

Linux Host Specific Features

Fusion Player

Fusion Pro

Vulkan Rendering Engine

   

Host Support - Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, Fedora, RHEL, SUSE, openSUSE

   

 

 

 

Advanced Features

Fusion Player

Fusion Pro

Command Line Operation: vmrun and VIX

   

vCenter Server Appliance Easy Deploy

   

REST API

   

"Nautilus Container Engine"

   

Virtual Network Customization (NAT, network rename)

   

Virtual Network Simulation (Packet Loss, Latency, Bandwidth)

   

Remote vSphere Host Power Control

   

Create Linked Clones

   

Create Full Clones

   

Encrypt VMs

   

 

 

 

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. 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) to graphics-intensive programs such as AutoCAD or SolidWorks which require DirectX 11, as well as custom applications. Fusion Player and Fusion Pro can both also run containers and Kubernetes clusters with the built-in CLI ‘vctl.’

Yes, VMware Fusion 12 has 3D hardware-accelerated graphics support. For Windows VMs Fusion now supports DirectX 11 (with Shader Model 5.0) and earlier. For Windows and Linux guests Fusion provides OpenGL 4.1 capabilities. Fusion uses Apple Metal graphics technology to render 3D hardware-accelerated graphics to virtual machines on compatible Mac systems. See VMware Fusion system requirements for details.

Fusion with Windows

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.

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

Yes, you can run as many virtual machines concurrently with VMware Fusion 12 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 MyVMware. Please consult this KB article[JC(1]  for detailed instructions on license key registration.

 

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

Support

CComplimentary 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 may need to register your license in MyVMware. Please consult this KB article for detailed instructions on license key registration.

Complimentary support for VMware Fusion Player and VMware Fusion Pro is valid for 30 days from product registration.

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