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System requirements for VMware Fusion (2005196)

Purpose

This article lists the requirements for running VMware Fusion.

Resolution

Fusion 6.x

  • Any 64-bit capable Intel Mac (compatible with Core 2 Duo, Xeon, i3, i5, i7 processors or better)
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later, either Client or Server
  • Minimum 2 GB of RAM

    Note: VMware recommends at least 4 GB of RAM. You need enough memory to run Mac OS X, plus the memory required for each guest operating system and for other applications running on the Mac and in the virtual machine. For more information, see Investigating virtual machine resources in VMware Fusion (1022213).

  • 750 MB of free disk space for VMware Fusion and at least 5 GB for each virtual machine
  • Operating system installation media (disk or disk image) for a virtual machine

    Note: Windows operating systems are available separately from Microsoft and other retailers.
Recommended graphics hardware for Windows Aero support

To experience Windows Aero 3D graphics, you need one of these graphics cards:
  • NVIDIA 8600M or better
  • ATI 2600 or better
For more information, see Getting Started with VMware Fusion 6.

Fusion 5.x

  • Any 64-bit capable Intel Mac (compatible with Core 2 Duo, Xeon, i3, i5, i7 processors or better)
  • Mac OS X 10.6.7 or later, either Client or Server

    Note: VMware recommends running OS X 10.7 (Lion) or OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), either Client or Server.

  • Minimum 2 GB of RAM

    Note: VMware recommends at least 4 GB of RAM. You need enough memory to run Mac OS X, plus the memory required for each guest operating system and for other applications running on the Mac and in the virtual machine. For more information, see Investigating virtual machine resources in VMware Fusion (1022213).

  • 750 MB of free disk space for VMware Fusion and at least 5 GB for each virtual machine
  • Operating system installation media (disk or disk image) for a virtual machine

    Note: Windows operating systems are available separately from Microsoft and other retailers.
Recommended graphics hardware for Windows Aero support

To experience Windows Aero 3D graphics, you need one of these graphics cards:
  • NVIDIA 8600M or better
  • ATI 2600 or better
For more information, see Getting Started with VMware Fusion 5.

Fusion 4.x

  • Any Mac with a 64-bit Intel 2.0 Ghz or faster processor
  • Mac OS X 10.6.7, Client or Server

    Note: VMware recommends running OS X 10.7 or the latest version of OS X 10.6, either Client or Server.

  • 2 GB of RAM

    Note: VMware recommends at least 4 GB of RAM. You need enough memory to run Mac OS X, plus the memory required for each guest operating system and for other applications running on the Mac and in the virtual machine. For more information, see Investigating virtual machine resources in VMware Fusion (1022213).

  • 750 MB of free disk space for VMware Fusion and at least 5 GB of free disk space for each virtual machine
  • Operating system installation media (disc or disc image) for a virtual machine

    Note: Windows operating systems are available separately from Microsoft and other retailers.
Recommended graphics hardware for Windows Aero support

To experience Windows Aero 3D graphics, you need one of these graphics cards:
  • ATI Radeon 2600 or better
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M or better
For more information, see Getting Started with VMware Fusion 4.

Fusion 3.x

  • Any Mac with an Intel processor
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or 10.6.3, either Client or Server

    Note: VMware recommends running the latest version of OS X 10.5 or 10.6. For information about OS X 10.7 (Lion), see VMware Fusion 3 support for Mac OS X Lion (10.7) (2003715).

  • Operating system installation media (disc or disc image) for a virtual machine

    Note: Windows operating systems are available separately from Microsoft and other retailers.

  • 1 GB of RAM

    Note: VMware recommends at least 2 GB of RAM. You need enough memory to run Mac OS X, plus the memory required for each guest operating system and for other applications running on the Mac and in the virtual machine. For more information, see Investigating virtual machine resources in VMware Fusion (1022213).

  • 700 MB of free disk space for VMware Fusion and at least 5 GB of free disk space for each virtual machine
Recommended graphics hardware for Windows Aero support

To experience Windows Aero 3D graphics, you need one of these graphics cards:
  • ATI Radeon 2600 or better
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M or better
For more information, see Getting Started with VMware Fusion 3.

Fusion 2.x

  • Any Mac with an Intel 1.5 Ghz or faster processor
  • Mac OS X 10.4.11 - 10.6.8 (10.7 not supported)
  • Operating system installation media (disc or disc image) for a virtual machine

    Note: Windows operating systems are available separately from Microsoft and other retailers.

  • 1 GB of RAM

    Note: VMware recommends at least 2 GB of RAM. You need enough memory to run Mac OS X, plus the memory required for each guest operating system and for other applications running on the Mac and in the virtual machine. For more information, see Investigating virtual machine resources in VMware Fusion (1022213).

  • 500 MB of free disk space for VMware Fusion and at least 5 GB of free disk space for each virtual machine
For more information, see Getting Started with VMware Fusion 2.

Additional Information

3D acceleration is not available on Macs with these GPUs: NVIDIA GeForce 7300, 7600, Quadro FX 4500, Intel 965, X3100, GMA950 and ATI X1600, X1900

See Also

Update History

09/13/2011 - Added Fusion 4 information 09/19/2011 - Fixed link to Fusion 4 getting started guide 03/15/2012 - Clarified that Client and Server supported 09/16/2012 - Added Fusion 5.x information 08/30/2013 - Added Fusion 6.x to Products

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