VMware Fusion

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VMware Fusion
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VMware Fusion running Windows 7 on macOS 10.14.6 Mojave
Initial releaseAugust 6, 2007; 14 years ago (2007-08-06)
Stable release
12.2.1[1] / November 9, 2021; 8 months ago (2021-11-09)
Written inC, x86 Assembly, C++ (GUI)[citation needed]
Operating systemmacOS
PlatformApple–Intel architecture
LicenseCommercial proprietary software
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

VMware Fusion is a software hypervisor developed by VMware for Macintosh computers. VMware Fusion allows Intel-based Macs to run virtual machines with guest operating systems—such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, NetWare, Solaris, or macOS—within the host macOS operating system.


VMware Fusion, which uses a combination of paravirtualization and hardware virtualization made possible by the Mac transition to Intel processors in 2006, marked VMware's first entry into Macintosh-based x86 virtualization.[2] VMware Fusion uses Intel VT present in the Intel Core microarchitecture platform.[3] Much of the underlying technology in VMware Fusion is inherited from other VMware products, such as VMware Workstation, allowing VMware Fusion to offer features such as 64-bit and SMP support.[4]

VMware Fusion 1.0 was released on August 6, 2007, exactly one year after being announced.[5]

VMware Fusion can run any of hundreds of operating systems provided by the user,[6] including many older versions of macOS, which gives users a way to run older Mac application software that can no longer be run under the current version of macOS, such as 32-bit apps[7] and Rosetta (PowerPC) apps.[8]

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  1. ^ "VMware Fusion 12.2.1 Release Notes". docs.vmware.com. Retrieved 2022-01-26.
  2. ^ Griffiths, Rob (May 2007). "VMWare: New kid on the block". Macworld Australia (112): 36–37.
  3. ^ "Change the Preferred Virtualization Engine". pubs.vmware.com. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  4. ^ "VMware Fusion Capabilities". pubs.vmware.com. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  5. ^ Cohen, Peter (2006-08-06). "WWDC: VMware brings virtual machines to Mac OS X". PCWorld. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  6. ^ "Fusion – Run Windows on Mac". www.vmware.com. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  7. ^ Mendelson, Edward (2019-10-12). "How to Run 32-Bit Apps in macOS Catalina". PC Magazine. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  8. ^ Snell, Jason (2011-11-18). "VMware Fusion update lets users virtualize Leopard, Snow Leopard". Macworld. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  9. ^ a b "VMware Fusion 12 Release Notes". docs.vmware.com. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  10. ^ "macOS Catalina is compatible with these computers". Apple Support. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  11. ^ a b "VMware Official Web Site: System Requirements". VMware, Inc. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  12. ^ a b "VMware Official Web Site: System Requirements". VMware, Inc. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2020-07-30.

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