How to Install VMware Tools on macOS Mojave 10.14

In this article, we’ll examine how to install VMware Tools on macOS Mojave 10.14 running on VMware Workstation 15 virtual machine program.

How to Install VMware Tools on macOS Mojave 10.14

How to Install VMware Tools on macOS Mojave 10.14

In our previous articles, we installed Apple’s new macOS 10.14 Mojave operating system on a Mac computer and VMware Workstation virtualization program. In this article, we will install VMware Tools for macOS Mojave 10.14 operating system running on VMware.

You need to install VMware Tools to get more performance from the virtual machines you installed on VMware Workstation, to use the VM in full-screen mode, and to exchange files between the VM and the physical computer by dragging and dropping.

It can be done by clicking on VM / Install VM Tools from the VMware menu to install Guest Tools for Mojave running on VMware. However, it is recommended that you install VM  Tools using the Darwin.iso file downloaded with VMware Unlocker, which is used to run MacOS systems on VMware.

It is the ideal way to install VM Tools using the darwin.iso file on the macOS 10.14 VM.

You can browse through articles about macOS Mojave from the links below.

How to Build VMware Tools on macOS Mojave Virtual Machine

After you setup macOS Mojave with VM Workstation, you will need the darwin.iso file to install VM Tools. You can find the Darwin.iso file in the VMware Unlocker 2.1.1 folder. If you want to download the VMware Tools (darwin.iso) file for macOS Mojave directly to your computer, click the button below.

Download Darwin.iso

Follow the steps below to setup Guest Software on Mojave.

   Step 1

In the image below you can see that VM Tools is not installed. You can set the screen resolution of the VM automatically by clicking View / Fit Guest Now.

View / Fit Guest Now

   Step 2

Right-click on the CD/DVD of the macOS virtual machine, and then click Settings.

macOS Mojave Virtual Machine Settings

   Step 3

In the VM Settings window, select the CD/DVD (SATA) option and then the Use ISO image file option on the right, then click the Browse button.

Adding macOS Mojave ISO to VM

   Step 4

Select the darwin.iso file you downloaded to your computer and click the Open button.

Adding Darwin ISO to VM

   Step 5

Check the Connected option and click the Close button.

Enabling CD/DVD in macOS Virtual Machine

   Step 6

After adding the darwin.iso to the Mojave 10.14 VM, the VMware Tools installation window will open. Click Install VMware Tools.

Install VMware Tools

   Step 7

Click on the Continue button to install VM Tools on the Mojave.

Welcome to the VMware Tools Installer

   Step 8

Click the Install button.

Standard Installer

   Step 9

Click the Continue Installation button.

Continue Installation

   Step 10

Type your user account password and click Install Software button.

Enter Root Password

   Step 11

Wait while VM Tools is being installed.

Registering Updated Components

   Step 12

If you see the System Extension Blocked warning, click the Open Security Preferences button.

System Extension Blocked

   Step 13

Allow the VM Tools installation by clicking the Allow button in the macOS Mojave Security & Privacy window.

Security & Privacy

   Step 14

After you complete the VM Tools installation on macOS 10.14, restart your system by clicking on the Restart button.

The installation was successful

   Step 15

After restarting the macOS Mojave 10.14 VM, click View / Fit Guest Now.

View / Fit Guest Now

   Step 16

You can see that the screen resolution of the virtual machine is automatically configured.

VM Full Screen

How to Share Files from Windows PC to macOS Mojave Virtual Machine

After you install Guest Software for Mac OS Mojave 10.14, you need to allow access to VM Tools when copying files from the Host PC to the virtual machine.

Follow the steps below to share files between Mac OS Mojave 10.14 and Windows PC.

   Step 1

Create a new text document on the Windows 10 Host PC and then drag and drop it onto the virtual machine.

You will receive an access error as shown in the following image. In the warning window that appears, click on the Open System Preferences button.

Open System Preferences

   Step 2

To make changes in the Security & Privacy window, click on the symbol in the image below.

Security & Privacy

   Step 3

To continue processing, type your password and click on the Unlock button.

Enter Root Password

   Step 4

In the Privacy section, select vm-tools-deamon.

vm-tools-deamon

   Step 5

Once you have enabled the VM Tools application, close the window.

VM Tools application

   Step 6

Restart your virtual machine.

Restart VM

   Step 7

After restarting the macOS virtual machine, try to drag and drop the file you created to the virtual machine. As you can see in the image below, you can now successfully share files between the Windows Host PC and the virtual machine.

File Transfer

   Step 8

The file has been successfully copied onto the virtual machine!

File Transfer

   Final Word

In this article, we have examined how to install and configure VMware Tools for the macOS 10.14 virtual machine on the VM Workstation 14/15 Pro virtualization program. Finally, we have made the necessary settings for file sharing between the virtual machine and the host. Thanks for following us!

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