How to Install VMware Fusion 12 Pro on macOS/Mac

In this article, we will examine how to set up VMware Fusion, which allows you to create a virtual machine on the macOS Big Sur 11 operating system used on Mac computers.

How to Install VMware Fusion 12 Pro on macOS/Mac

How to Set Up VMware Fusion 12.1.2 to Run Virtual Windows or Linux

One of the VMware Workstation or VirtualBox virtualization programs is usually used to run virtual computers on operating systems such as Windows and Linux/Ubuntu. However, in order to run virtual computers such as Windows and Linux on macOS operating systems on Apple Mac computers, you must use VM Fusion.

Fusion is a virtualization program developed by VMware for Apple systems, and this program allows you to use Windows and Linux-based operating systems on your computer virtually.

This virtualization program is more useful and more efficient for users when compared to Apple’s Boot Camp program.

After downloading the latest version of the Fusion virtualization program, 12 Pro, to your computer, you can create virtual machines on your host computer and install and use operating systems such as Windows, Linux, Solaris, or NetWare.

You can download this virtualization program from the VMware official website and purchase it after using it free of charge for 30 days.

How to Download and Install It?

You can download Fusion virtualization software from different platforms, as well as from VMware’s official website. However, when you want to download this software, we recommend you to visit the official website.

   Step 1

To download the Fusion virtual machine program, first, visit https://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/fusion-evaluation.html and then scroll down the webpage and click Download Now in Fusion 12 Pro for macOS 10.15+.

Downloading VMware Fusion

   Step 2

When you try to download a program on your Mac computer over the Internet, your macOS system will warn you as in the image below. Because Apple has greatly improved the system and data security of its users.

Since the VMware website is a trusted source, click Allow in the warning window to start the download.

Allow Download via VMware

   Step 3

When the download starts in the Safari web browser, the program will be downloaded according to the Internet speed you have. When you check the extension of the file downloaded to your computer, you can see that it is DMG.

On macOS systems, DMG and PKG file extensions are often used instead of EXE.

DMG File

   Step 4

Click Open in Finder to view the Downloads folder on the Dock to open the DMG file.

Opening Downloads

   Step 5

Open the installation file you downloaded in the Downloads location by double-clicking it.

Starting the Fusion Setup

   Step 6

The integrity of the file will be verified on your macOS system before the program wizard opens. After this process, when the wizard opens, double-click the Fusion icon again to start the installation.

Verifying the Program by macOS

   Step 7

Since you downloaded the virtualization program from the Internet, a warning like the one below will appear on your system. If you are sure that you downloaded the program from a secure site, click Open to confirm the running of the file.

Confirm to Run File

   Step 8

Enter the user account information of your macOS system so that the program’s files can be copied to the application folder and continue.

Typing User Account Information

   Step 9

Wait while initializing Fusion Pro.

Starting the Program Wizard

   Step 10

When the installation wizard opens, you will see a notification in the upper right corner. If you want to receive alerts, sounds, or badges about the program, open Options and click Allow.

Accepting the License Agreement

   Step 11

If you purchased VM Fusion Pro, enable “I have a license key” and type your product key.

If you want to use and experience the VMware virtualization software free of charge for 30 days, activate the option below and click the Continue button and enter your account information.

Choosing the I Want to Try 30 Days Option

   Step 12

At the last stage of the installation wizard, click the Done button in the window that sends a thank you message for trying the Fusion program.

Closing the Setup Wizard

   Step 13

Let the program control System Events because you need to be able to access documents and data within the application.

Click OK in the warning window, then click OK again in the Unable to access Accessibility window.

Confirm Program's System Access

   Step 14

Click Open System Preferences to allow the Fusion Pro software in the Accessibility Access window.

Open System Preferences

   Step 15

In the Security & Privacy window, you need to open the necessary permissions to make changes to your system. So, click on the lock icon in the lower-left corner of this window and type in your system’s user account password.

Security & Privacy

   Step 16

Click Accessibility and tick the checkbox to allow VM Fusion to control your computer.

Enabling Virtualization Software

   Step 17

After installing Fusion Pro on macOS, you can check the version of the program from the About section of the toolbar.

Checking the Version of the Program

How to Uninstall It?

It is recommended that you back up the virtual computers you have created when you decide to remove the program from your system after installing VMware Fusion. If you do not want any files belonging to this program to be on your system, you need to find the relevant files and delete them.

In addition, you can completely delete the Fusion program on your system by using third-party software.

   Step 1

You often use Applications when trying to uninstall any program on your Mac computer, but this process does not remove all files belonging to the program and takes up space on your system’s disk.

First, to uninstall or delete VM Fusion, open Applications as usual and right-click on the program, and type your password.

Uninstalling the Virtual Machine Program on macOS

   Step 2

It is very easy to uninstall a program on Mac computers, but as we said, you need to delete unnecessary files or folders belonging to the program on your system.

In macOS, you need to use the mdfind command in the terminal to find all the junk files or folders of a program. To open Terminal quickly, press Command + Space keys together and after opening Spotlight, type terminal in the search box and run the tool.

Execute the mdfind VMware Fusion command in Terminal and find any unnecessary files or folders on your system. When you examine the image below, you can see the data still available in the system after uninstalling the program.

Finding Unnecessary Files of the Program with the mdfind Command

   Step 3

Before starting the deletion process from Terminal, delete the folder where the program stores the created virtual machines by default.

You can reach the Virtual Machines folder by following the Computer / DiskName / Users / macOS location.

Deleting the Virtual Machine Installation Folder

   Step 4

When you use the mdfind command again, you can see that the VM folder no longer exists. To delete other folders, you should use the command sudo rm -rf ‘location of folder or file’.

Be sure to back up your system before using the sudo rm -rf command. If you use this command incorrectly, your system may not boot on the next boot.

Deleting Unnecessary Folders or Files Using Terminal

   Step 5

After deleting the Applications Menu folder in Application Support, run the mdfind command again and check if the folder has been deleted.

Finally, execute the commands below to delete other folders.

sudo rm -rf '/Users/macOS/Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion'
sudo rm -rf '/private/etc/paths.d/com.vmware.fusion.public'
sudo rm -rf '/Library/Application Support/VMware/VMware Fusion'

Deleting All Unnecessary Files of Fusion Program is Successful

   Video

Installing Old Versions

macOS Version
Fusion Version
YouTube Video
Slide
High Sierra 10.13
Fusion 8
High Sierra 10.13
Fusion 10
Mojave 10.14
Fusion 10
Big Sur 11
Fusion 12

 

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