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Installing OS X 10.11 El Capitan as a guest operating system in VMware Fusion 8.x and VMware Fusion Pro 8.x (2129534)

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This article provides steps to install OS X 10.11 El Capitan as a guest operating system in VMware Fusion 8.x.



  • If you have already purchased the upgrade, by default, download the Install OS X 10.11 El Capitan application from the Mac App Store.
  • Ensure that you upgrade to the latest version of VMware Fusion (8.0.1 and above), available at the VMware Downloads.

To install Mac OS X 10.11 in a virtual machine using the El Capitan app download:

  1. Select File > New from the Fusion menu bar.
  2. Select Install from disc or image and click Continue.
  3. Drag and drop the Install OS X El Capitan application into Use operating system installation disc or image dialog box.
  4. Click Continue.
  5. Fusion automatically discovers the Guest Operating System. If not, ensure that the Operating System is set to Apple Mac OS X and that the version is set to Mac OS X 10.11. Click Continue.
  6. If you want to modify any of the settings, such as memory (RAM), CPU, or hard disk size, click Customize Settings and specify the non-default values.
  7. Click Finish. The installation starts.
  8. When prompted, select Reinstall Mac OS X and click Continue.
  9. Click Continue.
  10. Agree to the license agreement and follow the prompts to begin the installation.

After the installation completes, install VMware Tools on the virtual machine. To do this, first eject the Mac OS installation disc image from within the new virtual machine. For more information, see Installing VMware Tools in a Mac OS Guest (1032440).

Additional Information

Some features of VMware Tools do not work in Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan virtual machines. These features include:
  • Unity
  • Mirrored folders
  • 3D acceleration
  • Air Drop

See Also

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