How to Install VMware Tools on macOS High Sierra

In this article, we will examine how to install VMware Tools on macOS High Sierra installed with VMware Workstation in Windows or Linux operating system.

How to Install VMware Tools on macOS High Sierra

How to Setup VMware Tools on macOS High Sierra

Once you installed your macOS operating system using VM Workstation, you need to setup the VMware Tools.

The goal of setting up VMware Tools on macOS virtual machine is to use the machine more efficiently. After installing VM Tools, you can use the machine’s VRAM value as 128MB.

After setting up VM software on the virtual machine, you get full screen support, mouse performance boost, and shared folders support between host and guest machines.

You can transfer files by drag and drop from your physical computer to the macOS virtual machine.

In our previous articles, we installed macOS with VMware. You can access these articles from the links below;

How to Build VMware Tools on Mac OS Virtual Machine in VMware

To setup virtual machine software for Apple operating system, follow the steps below.

   Step 1

After you have installed Apple Mac OS X with VM Workstation 14 Pro, run the VM and from the menu click VM and then Install VMware Tools.

VM / Install VMware Tools

   Step 2

As soon as the CD image adds to the system, the setup window will open as below. Click Install VM Tools to start the setup.

VMware Tools Installation

   Step 3

Setup will use a disk area of 7.3 MB on your computer. Click the Install button to continue.

Install VM Tools

   Step 4

After the setup is complete, your computer will restart. Click the Continue Installation button to continue the setup.

Continue Installation

   Step 5

Type your root password and click on the Install Software button.

Enter Root Password

   Step 6

Click on the Open Security Preferences button when you encounter with the System Extension Blocked warning.

Open Security Preferences

   Step 7

In the Security & Privacy window, click the Allow button to allow the setup.

Allow Application

   Step 8

Restart the VM after completing VM Tools setup on macOS system.

The installation was successful

   Step 9

After restarting the VM, click VM / Fit Guest Now to automatically configure the display setting.

VM / Fit Guest Now

   Step 10

The virtual machine will be automatically set to full screen as shown in the following image.

Virtual Machine Full Screen

How to Setup VMware Tools on Mac OS Mojave

Apple has named macOS 10.14 as Mojave. After installing macOS Mojave on a virtual machine, you need to setup VM Tools to get more performance from the virtual machine in the same way.

Click on the image below to browse our article on setting up VM Tools on Mojave.

How to Install VMware Tools on macOS Mojave

   Final Word

In this article, we have discussed the VM Tools installation required for the High Sierra machine installed on VM Workstation. Thanks for following us!

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  1. Avatar for Zeke Zeke 23 April 2018

    Is this on VMWare 14 and macOS 10.13.4?
    I tried the same and the I could not get full screen :/

    • Avatar for Zeke Zeke 24 April 2018

      Oh, never mind, it worked after a couple of uninstall and reinstalls of VMWare tools 🙂

  2. Avatar for eriktecse eriktecse 9 May 2018

    cual es nombre del archivo o ruta que debo de conectar con el DVD/CD para poder instalar el vmware tools adecuado…

    • Avatar for tolqabaqci tolqabaqci 11 May 2018

      Simplemente haga clic en el botón Instalar herramientas de VMware.


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