VMware Fusion
VMware Fusion
12.1.0

4.2

VMware Fusion free download for Mac

VMware Fusion

24 November 2020

Run Windows apps alongside Mac apps without rebooting.

Overview

VMware Fusion and Fusion Pro - virtualization software for running Windows, Linux, and other systems on a Mac without rebooting. The latest version includes full support for Windows 10, macOS Mojave, and the latest Macs, including the 18-core iMac Pro and MacBook Pro with 6-core Intel i9 CPU.. VMware Fusion support DirectX 10.1 and Enhanced Metal Graphics Rendering Engine. The virtual machine platform also delivers full 64-bit support with up to 16 vCPUs, up to 3072 MB graphics memory, 64GB RAM, and an 8TB hard drive for a single virtual machine.

What's new in VMware Fusion

Version 12.1.0:
New:
  • Optimized for macOS 11 Big Sur as host and guest
  • New guest operating system support:
  • ​Windows 10 20H2
  • Ubuntu 20.10
  • RHEL 8.3
  • Fedora 33
  • Fusion health check
  • ​ When VMware Fusion is running on macOS 10.15, the kernel extension issue can be easily fixed by a button click
  • Updated vctl kind to support KIND v0.9.0
  • Includes docker-machine-driver-vmware
  • Performance improvements, bug fixes and security updates
Resolved Issues:
  • The Exporting Cluster Logs functionality in kind does not work
  • The user cannot use kind to export cluster logs for exploring
  • The USB Ethernet adapter devices are unable to connect to the guest while using VMware Fusion 12
  • The user is unable to pass through the USB Ethernet Adapter devices to the guest while using Fusion 12
  • The "Failed to initialize PhoneHome library" error displays
While trying to run a repair using the vdiskmanager utility in VMware Fusion, the following error displays:
  • Failed to initialize PhoneHome library
  • Nested virtualization is not supported without VMCS shadowing
  • Nested virtualization is now supported on the CPU models without the VMCS shadowing feature
Known Issues:
  • The virtual machine (VM) cannot access the same network as the host while macOS Big Sur host is connected to the virtual private network (VPN)
  • If the Big Sur host is connected to VPN, then the VM cannot access the same network as that of the host
  • Workaround: Connect to the VPN in the VM instead of connecting to the VPN on the host
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5
ben-stamp
21 September 2019
Version: 11.5.0

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For me the best VM client.
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Mcr
05 January 2021
Version: 12.1.0
So, Parallels is showing off a Technical Preview of Parallels that can run the ARM version of Windows on Apple Silicon apps. I've tried it, it works, for the most part, still a lot of work to do, but interesting. It's a proof of concept, the bigger issue is, will running the ARM version Windows satisfy people who want to run Windows on a Apple Silicon Mac, because Windows ARM still has it's own issues even on official Windows hardware like the Surface Pro. Lingering application issues, emulation of Intel, problems running older 32-bit Intel apps (under emulation). Even still the, it's actually quite amazing that it can be done, that a 32/64-bit Intel Windows app can run under emulation on a ARM version of Windows built for Qualcomm's ARM chip, running as a Virtual Machine on a Apple Mac with a Apple designed ARM processor. I wonder if VMware has a skunk works project going on to do the same; I'm sure VMWare is watching how the Parallels experiment goes and whether consumers take to it. Ironically, because the M1 is so fast, according to some reviews, Windows ARM runs faster as a VM on a M1 Mac than it does on a Surface Pro natively. There was no competition before, so Qualcomm and Microsoft had no pressure to push Windows ARM or the Surface Pro, it just had to be good enough. Next Question, if you can run Windows ARM as VM on a M1 Mac, will it be possible some day to install Windows ARM NATIVELY to a Apple Silicon Mac, a la bootcamp? I think all that would be needed is a special bootloader to trick Windows ARM into thinking it is a Surface Pro or something.
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5
vallee-blanche
17 December 2020
Version: 12.1.0
Original and best, runs linux flawlessley and fast. Steer clear of all imitations.
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3
Miner
23 November 2020
Version: 12.1.0
I liked it a lot, found the upgrade cycle more friendly for my wallet, but unfortunately at the moment it does no longer work with the Boot Camp partition in Big Sur. Parallels does, so I switched, and it is performing well. I do see myself coming back to VMWare though, once all issues are ironed out.
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5
chofutaro8
18 September 2020
Version: 12.0.0
Gets the job done. Faster than the competition.
(0)
Odysseus
17 September 2020
Version: 12.0.0
So Fusion 12 is now free for personal use. How does it compare to Parallels 16?
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Odysseus
17 September 2020
Version: 12.0.0
So Fusion 12 is now free for personal use. How does it compare to Parallels 16
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Mcr
24 August 2020
Version: 11.5.6
The future of Fusion: Fusion 12 is coming (already available as Technology Preview), it is based on very different design and is only for Catalina or Big Sur due to Apple design changes in macOS. F11 will be the last release to support Mojave. If you buy F11 after June 15, you will get a free upgrade. Fusion 12 PLAYER will be free for personal use and replaces the 'standard' version of Fusion 11. F12 Pro will replace F11 Pro and will include license for 3 devices, INCLUDING Windows and Linux (i.e. VMWare Workstation and Fusion will cross license). With the coming of Apple Silicon, which is NOT Intel architecture, Apple has made very clear that BootCamp will not be available. Virtualization of Windows Intel x86 on Apple Silicon, as we have come to enjoy with Fusion and Parallels, is not possible (don't confuse virtualization with EMULATION, as many people do). Emulation might work, but anyone's guess how efficient that will be. Windows ARM based MIGHT run on Apple Silicon, same with ARM based Linux; just not enough information yet, not even sure all the major players (Apple, Microsoft, Linux world) really know what is going to happen, unless they have had talks behind closed doors, but unlikely Apple would have tipped their hat, and frankly running Windows on a Mac is not high on Apple's priority list. MU is not the place to debate the technology, just wanted to give heads up to users that given all this, YOU BETTER HOLD ON to a few Macs that run Mojave and F11 for right now till all this settles out, if your business relies on running Windows on a Mac. F12 may be okay, but even with extensive beta testing and technology preview, there is still so much new and Big Sur is nowhere near stable right now, so who knows how well F12 and Big Sur combo will function upon final shipping, I'd hold off for a couple of months. If you have already moved to Catalina, F12 SHOULD run much like F11 on Mojave, but again, for business, at least we know F11 and Mojave combo is pretty stable. Many businesses and me personally, have decided to basically skip Catalina (I've heard people call it the 'Vista' or 'Windows 8' of the Mac world), still use Mojave for mission critical, and await to see what Big Sur will look like. If you have a decent Mac purchased in the last year or two, I see no reason to buy a new Intel based Mac at this time, until we see what the new Apple Silicon Macs look like and perform like, unless your business requires the latest and fastest. At the end of the day, if it is mission critical, the long term future of running Windows in a Mac shop may simply be a real Windows box running real Windows, and remote-ing into it. SO, don' lose your F11 licenses, or throw out your Macs running Mojave just yet, if running Windows is key for you.
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5
devonsauce
16 August 2020
Version: 11.5.6
VMware Fusion Pro is fantastic!
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4
pa-geographer
02 June 2020
Version: 11.5.5
Fusion 11.5.5 requires Mojave 10.14 or later.
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5
Gitte79
13 November 2019
Version: 11.5.1
My go-to VM client tool.
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