VMware Fusion for Mac

VMware Fusion for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 44 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.0.1
  • Total Downloads:
    84,820
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 30, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try; Pro version for $149.99; $69.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    337.97MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    231
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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VMware Fusion for Mac enables you to run several operating systems on your Mac at the same time. With this premium product you can install practically any OS and run it as a virtual machine. What's more, special software can be installed that will allow you to use the Unity view, making non-Mac applications behave like native ones.

Pros

Multiple options for loading an OS: When you start VMware Fusion for Mac for the first time, you have the option to add a new virtual machine in a number of ways: If you use OS X's Bootcamp feature, you can either duplicate it as a virtual machine, or run it straight off your hard drive. You can also import a Windows installation from another PC using companion software found on VMware's Web site or use your own OS installation media like a DVD or a disk image.

Configuration options: During the setup of your virtual machine, you'll be able to add and remove hardware and adjust specs like the amount of RAM and the number of CPU cores.

Unity view: After the installation of your virtual machine is complete and the VMware Tools are installed, you'll be able to enter the Unity view, where non-native apps will appear on your desktop and dock just like regular apps, which you can even pin to your Launchpad.

Cons

Requires good hardware: Due to the nature of virtual machine technology, a moderately powerful Mac is the minimum requirement for smooth operation. Also, the app significantly increases idle battery usage.

Additional expenses beyond the app's price: The software does not come with any bundled operating systems, so you'll have to purchase those, yourself.

Bottom Line

If you're transitioning from a PC to a Mac, VMware Fusion for Mac can make your life easier. With a menu bar icon that mimics Windows' Start menu, this premium software caters to longtime Windows users, aiming to make them productive on OS X from the get-go.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of VMware Fusion for Mac 6.0.4.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"5.02 version has been released in NOvember 2012!"

January 20, 2013  |  By remyleroy

 |  Version: VMware Fusion 5.0.2

Pros

Fusion works just fine with Bootcamp

Cons

Don't forget to install the VMWare tools especially if you installed Windows thru BootCamp or Windows will think your copy isn't genuine

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4 stars

"I recommend VMFUSION for virtual machine operation."

August 24, 2012  |  By derrico

 |  Version: VMware Fusion 5.0

Pros

easier install of the virtual machine than Parallels and more intuitive interface

Cons

haven't seen any

Summary

My sister had trouble running some Windows legal software (BestCase) under a Parallels virtual machine (disappearing application window). We tried various fixes with no success. The law software tech said he had seen the same problem, each time with Parallels. I decided to switch to VMFusion. Much easier install of the virtual machine and more intuitive interface. So far, the disappearing app problem has not occurred. She is pleased.

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1 stars

"You will need to pay extra for customer support later."

November 10, 2011  |  By dazgm39

 |  Version: VMware Fusion 4.0.2

Pros

It worked for 10 months.

Cons

It is supposedly the cheaper option for fusion products, but don't buy it....Mine worked for the first 10 months and now it is cactus...You try finding how to get support on the VMWare Fusion website! It is an absolute minefield and these guys don't have a clue how to do business.

Summary

Don't buy this! You will regret it. I have had problem after problem with it.

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2 stars

"PRINTING ISSUES"

September 19, 2011  |  By rlenham

 |  Version: VMware Fusion 4.0.1

Pros

No pros I can think of. I have reverted to version 3

Cons

Major issues with Windows 7 and printing. The program selects a different printer than my default Mac printer and after changing and printing one page Windows becomes unusable and I get a nasty message from Windows.

Summary

I downloaded Parallels 7 this morning, converted my Windows 7 VM virtual machine and everything is working beautifully.

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4 stars

"Watch out for upgrade"

September 15, 2011  |  By greg171

 |  Version: VMware Fusion 4.0.1

Pros

Excellent virtualization software

Cons

Only at the bottom of the FAQ page will you find that the upgrade is only for recent buyers (since Lion). All others have to buy new at full price ($50 for a ltd time). If 4.0.1 is installed then a link to buy goes to a broken page @ Digital River.

Summary

I am not being critical of the pricing, as it is time to collect some money for development. My complaint is that the pricing policy is not readily available for existing users. And as of this date I (as a registered user) have not received any email announcement of the upgrade or its pricing. And as noted above, it is difficult to find it on the web site. And I did not find "limited time" for $50 defined anywhere - so how much time do I have before the price increases? I got burned this way with iStat Menu's last upgrade, as the price expired before the trial did. It would be nice not to be kept in the dark.

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5 stars

"The best Windows (or Linux) visualization software."

March 13, 2011  |  By thompson_Matthew

 |  Version: VMware Fusion 3.1.2

Pros

It is more stable than Parallels Desktop and just looks better. The new unity mode puts a very handy launch bar in the system tray that allows searching. It supports Ubuntu Linux (even Unity and the Launch bar!). It's also cheaper than parallels...

Cons

I really haven't found any yet...

Summary

VMWare fusion is by far the best virtulization software for mac on the market.

Updated on Mar 13, 2011

virtualization whoops typo

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5 stars

"couldn't survive a few windows' needs without it"

May 26, 2010  |  By dmac6

 |  Version: VMware Fusion 3.1

Pros

flawless to my needs

Cons

none to my needs

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5 stars

"Wow!"

May 26, 2010  |  By Guy Carmeli

 |  Version: VMware Fusion 3.1

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I am running Win7 off of a Boot Camp disk, and everything just seems dramatically faster. The UI is snappy and windows took about half the time to load.

Great product which just gets better.

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5 stars

"Update"

May 26, 2010  |  By Phoenix DownUnder

 |  Version: VMware Fusion 3.1

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Fusion 3.1 installed perfectly and without any issues. XP seems to boot faster and runs reasonably quickly. Must qualify that however as XP has never been fast. IE and software Update started and worked quite quickly. Windows Explorer opened in about 5 seconds on a 2.4GHz macBook. Word opened in its normal lethargic rate. Overall seems slightly faster.

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5 stars

"Fusion excels on USB connections"

February 19, 2010  |  By FixMaX

 |  Version: VMware Fusion 3.0.2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Fusion excels on USB connections. In cases where Windows-only applications are needed to control USB-connected machines to the Mac, only Fusion works without a hitch. Other alternatives like Parallels just cannot deliver on such scenario, crashing and losing the USB connection with the machine all the time.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 7.0.1
  • Fixed many minor UI issues.
  • Doc Notes 1246696
  • Fixed an issue where renaming a top level share name in some Linux guests could cause a guest reboot.
  • Doc Notes 1262130
  • Fixed issues with Japanese language help content.
  • Doc Notes 1275467
  • Fixed an issue in Unity where a minimized Windows 8 "Metro-style" application would unminimize when the virtual machine entered Unity mode.
  • Doc Notes 1276488
  • Fixed a problem where the virtual CD/DVD would disable when connecting a local disk image to a remote virtual machine.
  • Doc Notes 1292415, 1307646
  • Fixed an issue where entering Unity would initially show blank windows.
  • Doc Notes 1296586
  • Fixed a crash when quitting VMware Fusion after copying a large file to the clipboard inside a virtual machine.
  • Doc Notes 1304156
  • Fixed an issue where the maximum memory value in the Processors & Memory settings panel was incorrectly showing a value that was not an even multiple of 4MB.
  • Doc Notes 1298540
  • Added error UI when removing a virtual disk from a remote virtual machine fails.
  • Doc Notes 1298991
  • Removed a black flicker when switching to a full screen virtual machine.
  • Doc Notes 1302571
  • Fixed an issue where the Keychain UI would reappear after the user had already allowed access.
  • Doc Notes 1306569
  • Added progress UI when downloading McAfee antivirus.
  • Doc Notes 1309734
  • Fixed issues of windows flashing and moving when entering Unity mode.
  • Doc Notes 1311267
  • Fixed a crash that would occur when copying a file with a very long name to a shared folder.
  • Doc Notes 1311318
  • Fixed a crash triggered when opening a .dmg file residing in a shared folder in an OS X virtual machine when the .dmg is already in use outside the virtual machine.
  • Doc Notes 1311853
  • Removed logging that would emit an extraneous statement every two seconds whenever a virtual machine ran in Unity mode.
  • Doc Notes 1312431
  • Fixed problems with symbolic links created in shared folders.
  • Doc Notes 1314214
  • Fixed an issue where Unity windows would display incorrectly in Expose when running Fusion on Yosemite.
  • Doc Notes 1316904
  • Fixed an issue where Fusion 6 customers were not able to use the trial version of Fusion 7.
  • Doc Notes 1318250
  • Fixed a rare crash which would occur when connecting to an ESXi server on certain network configurations.
  • Doc Notes 1318278
  • Fixed a rare issue where shared in a shared folder could be incorrectly truncated.
  • Doc Notes 1318477
  • Fixed a crash when attempting to expand a virtual disk connected to a remote virtual machine.
  • Doc Notes 1318991, 1323439, 1323449, 1323460, 1324217, 1325281, 1325920, 1325961, 1330261, 1339482
  • Fixed a number of keyboard mapping issues for non-English keyboards.
  • Doc Notes 1319589
  • Added support to mount_vmhgfs command-line utility to enable placing the mount at a specified share or folder.
  • Doc Notes 1323371
  • Fixed a flickering issue with Microsoft Office 2013 windows when running in Unity mode.
  • Doc Notes 1330548
  • Fixed a build problem when installing tools in virtual machines running Fedora 21 Alpha.
  • Doc Notes 1331136
  • Updated to a newer version of McAfee antivirus.
  • Doc Notes 1332835
  • Fixed a rare issue where dragging and dropping files from a virtual machine could fail.
  • Doc Notes 1334180
  • Fixed an issue where file sizes in a shared folder would be reported incorrectly.
  • Doc Notes 1334638, 1337969
  • Fixed some rare cases with incorrect rendering in 3D.
  • Doc Notes 1336570
  • Fixed a display flash that could be seen 2-3 seconds after entering Unity mode.
  • Doc Notes 1339182
  • Language specific keyboard mappings are enabled by default for Windows virtual machines.
General
Publisher VMware
Publisher web site http://www.vmware.com/mac
Release Date October 30, 2014
Date Added October 30, 2014
Version 7.0.1
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.8, Macintosh
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 337.97MB
File Name VMware-Fusion-7.0.1-2235595.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 84,820
Downloads Last Week 231
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License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $69.99

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