VMware Fusion 4

Some problems in 10.8

Works fine in 10.7

VMware Fusion 4

Supports iCloud

Secured by Gatekeeper

Supports retina graphics

VMware Fusion 4 icon

Available on the Mac App Store
Not available on the Mac App Store

Run the most demanding Mac and Windows applications side-by-side at maximum speeds without rebooting. With more than 80 new features in VMware Fusion 3, including 5X better 3D graphics performance and 35% faster end-to-end performance in version 3.1, it’s never been easier to run Windows on your Mac.

Version 4.1.3
Developer VMware
Website http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/overview.html
Status Some problems

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No problems running version 4.1.3 under OSX 10.8 (ML). This is a recent release from VMWare with specific ML fixes…


VMWare themselves claim support for 10.8 on their blog: http://blogs.vmware.com/teamfusion/2012/07/vmware-fusion-and-os-x-mountain-lion-faq.html

The forums around the Technology Preview suggest that 4.1.3 and the Technology preview are having flicker issues with Macs that have a built-in primary display (iMac, MBP) with going full-screen on their second display. http://communities.vmware.com/message/2077193

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[ ]robspeed 19 Feb 2012 22:36

From the VMWare Twitter account:

"We'll endeavor to be ready when Mountain Lion ships."


They're basically saying nothing at this point.

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Ozmo CamarisOzmo CamarisAnonymous 25 Jul 2012 19:41

http://communities.vmware.com/message/2077193 reports that 4.1.3 MAY have flickering issues with devices that have second monitors from their primary monitor which is a computer (iMac, Macbook Pro, etc).

I have the same issue.

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joebabbojoebabboAnonymous 27 Jul 2012 17:52

Definite screen flickering with 2nd monitor in FULL screen mode. http://communities.vmware.com/message/2083196

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[ ]Anonymous 28 Jul 2012 19:10

Flickering on Full screen with more than one monitor confirmed.

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KaiKaiAnonymous 30 Jul 2012 05:58

VMware Fusion 4.1 does not work for me on Mountain Lion. 7/30/2012

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[ DSMW]DSMWAnonymous 30 Jul 2012 13:07

When in Unity Mode and windows across different Desktop. VMWare Fusion 4 continuously flickers between desktops.

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Lion (10.7) Comments

[ Lonny]LonnyAnonymous 27 Feb 2011 04:22

vmware fusion starts fine, but it stalls out on loading a vm.

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[ bryan]bryanAnonymous 27 Feb 2011 16:41

then this should not be works fine, cause if you cant load a VM then its not fine.

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[ Alex]AlexAnonymous 27 Feb 2011 20:58

Sorry, I've added another entry for Fusion (didn't see that there are multiple pages).

For me, Fusion works just fine, Parallels doesn't.

I think there might be a difference between upgrading from Snow Leopard (some things worked there - iStat Menus - , some didn't - Java install without developer accoount). After a clean install, Java started to work, iStat Menus doesn't work anymore.

So, this list needs another checbox stating "Clean Lion install/Snow Leopard upgrade", because it seems that this means "app works" or "app does not work".

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[ Sam]SamQuoban 02 Mar 2011 03:43

Clean Lion install, Fusion works fine for me.

It does take a while (~1 minute) of 'Resuming…' after a cold boot, before the virtual machine actually resumes.
During this time, Fusion appears to be not responding.
Once this initial 'freeze' is finished, Fusion loads (very quickly) on MacBook Air 13", Late 2010

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[ tsihh]tsihhAnonymous 07 Mar 2011 20:38

Fusion seems to work ok but from time to time it lags (especially resume and startup). My install was upgraded from SL on macbook unibody

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[ Steve]SteveAnonymous 09 Mar 2011 16:04

I'll join the parade of us with problems. Can't get mine to boot any OS. It worked temporarily by creating a brand new virtual machine, but shortly afterwards it refused to boot it.

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[ T]TAnonymous 14 Jun 2011 01:34

VMware Fusion Version 3.1.3 (416484) seems to be mostly working fine for me with an XP VM.
Major exception is USB support. I have a USB attached Gigabit Ethernet controller that normally provides the network connectivity for the XP VM, but under Lion it seems that VMWare Fusion is unable to access it, claims that the host os drivers have it tied up. I've verified that I do not have that adapter setup in the OS X network settings.

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[ T]TAnonymous 04 Jul 2011 10:54

Pretty interesting thread about vm ware fusion an lion:


Guess we have to wait!

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[ west0ne]west0neAnonymous 04 Jul 2011 12:57

Upgraded from SL but did clean install of VMWare, runs 32bit Windows 7 Ultimate with no problems.

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[ devnull17]devnull17Anonymous 05 Jul 2011 13:38

My existing Windows 7 x64 VM seems to run fine on Fusion 3.1.0. Trying to run the 3.1.3 update, however, caused my system to hard crash. (First one I've seen in almost two years!)

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Brady J. FreyBrady J. FreyAnonymous 06 Jul 2011 01:49

Works great for me, just installed it. I'm currently already at 3.1.3 - tested Ubuntu 11.04 Server x64, Windows 7 x64, XP Pro.

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[ Jarek]JarekAnonymous 06 Jul 2011 06:26

Works fine for me.

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[ ]cobbachs 19 Jul 2011 17:30

What about shared folders ?

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Samuel CochranSamuel CochranAnonymous 20 Jul 2011 05:45

Clean installed Lion, VMWare Fusion installs and runs but hangs when trying to start a VM.

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[ jonnos]jonnosAnonymous 20 Jul 2011 12:38

anyone using vmware fusion 2 and know if its working?

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[ DonQ]DonQAnonymous 20 Jul 2011 15:32

I already have Fusion 3 running on SL with a Windows 7 Ultimate guest machine. Will I have to reinstall Fusion & the virtual machine all over again if I upgrade to Lion?

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JuriJuriAnonymous 20 Jul 2011 18:13

I'd be interested in VMWare Fusion 2.0 as well. Have a Win7 VM machine installed…any issues with that on Lion???

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[ Sergio]SergioAnonymous 20 Jul 2011 19:38

This app works fine, if don't, reinstall.

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Kevin KillinsKevin KillinsAnonymous 20 Jul 2011 22:26

Fusion 3.1.3 runs fine on Lion but is not officially supported. Fusion 2.x will not run on Lion.


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PowerPagePowerPageAnonymous 21 Jul 2011 15:29

Any tried Fusion version e.x.p (437882) with the Lion GM?

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[ Kirk]KirkAnonymous 21 Jul 2011 18:51

Running Windows XP on an upgraded Lion install. I had to delete the virtual machine in VMWare Fusion and reset it up, which didn't take long. Shared folders work fine.

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[ Robert Gottlieb]Robert GottliebAnonymous 22 Jul 2011 02:29

i can't seem to get Fusion 3.1.3 working. I uninstalled, rebooted, reinstalled, rebooted, no joy. Then found an article on adding kexts in that may not have installed correctly. Still no joy. I would love to hear what other folks have tried that worked.

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Joseph HoetzlJoseph HoetzlAnonymous 22 Jul 2011 09:52

Aside from having to re-activate Windows 7/32 bit - all seems just fine.
Also tried Windows 2003 Server R2 - worked fine as well

Was on 10.6.8 with VMware Fusion 3.1.3. Did this early 2011 15" MBP upgrade via App store and it is fine.

Didn't update other macs to Lion yet..

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[ diddl14]diddl14Anonymous 24 Jul 2011 22:19

I'm having a problem with latest Fusion on Lion and VM's with bridged network. Haven't yet fully troubleshooted but it seems that after some time the XP VM can no longer access the LAN. Ping to and from the host (Lion) works fine. Anyone here seen something simular?

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[ Freelancer]FreelancerAnonymous 26 Jul 2011 14:09

Official VMware KB article on Fusion under Lion. (Last update July 25)


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[ ]macbitz 04 Aug 2011 09:03

I am running VMware Fusion 3.1.3 on a clean install of Lion and have not had any issues so far. Am running Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003/2008/2008 R2 VMs ok (all created prior to Lion). Note, I have a multi-monitor setup and run VMs fullscreen and always 'shut down' VMs (rather than suspending them) so my usage may not be typical.

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