Vmware Fusion Big Sur M1


VMware does have some of the enterprise products working on Apple Silicon M1, but Fusion is not there yet - the internal team are working on it - see the blog. Until they officially advertise Fusion as M1 supported any other Big Sur news are Inte's only;( Cheers. Hello, I'm new at VMWare Fusion, I've downloaded the trial version of Fusion Pro for Mac OS to run an old version of Mac OS (10.6 server). The version 12 is said to be compatible with both Big Sur and M1 chip. I've 2 computers: one iMac Pro running Big Sur and one brand new MacBook Pro with M1 chip also running Big Sur.

  • Requirements
    • macOS 11 host and guest
    • VMware Fusion 12.1
  • Download and install VMware Tools 11.2.5 or later
  • Edit the VM’s VMX file
    • Right click the VM
    • Hold the option key
    • Click Open Config in Editor
  • Add appleGPU0.present='TRUE' and svga.present='FALSE'
  • Enjoy

The Story


I was testing something out today in a Big Sur VM and getting really frustrated with the absolute terrible performance. I had seen a Michael Roypost a while ago about Fusion being able to utilize Apple’s Metal framework to speed things up and I remembered reading Emily’s post on how to enable it. So I figured I’d give it a shot!

I reviewed Emily’s post and added

to my linked clone’s VMX file. On boot I could immediately tell a speed difference. However there was one glaring problem: the resolution was stuck at 1024×768. Even though I specified 1920×1080 in the config no matter what I tried I couldn’t get any other resolution.

Quick side note: turning on Accelerated 3D Graphics at this point super broke VMware Fusion. I had to force quit the vmware-vmx process.

After some searching I came across this post with a tweet that I hadn’t seen before stating that a newer VMware Tools could auto-resize Fusion windows with these new appleGPU0 config settings:

Also, install VMware Tools 11.2 in your Big Sur VM with the paravirt GPU and you’ll have auto fit working nicely, no Fusion update required 🙂

At this point I tried reinstalling VMware Tools via Fusion, but nothing changed. Eventually I found my way to VMware Tools download page (note: pretty sure you need to be signed in to access this.) From here I downloaded VMware Tools packages for OS X v11.2.5 (as of writing this) and installed it.

Voila, it worked! I’m getting excellent performance and a resizable Fusion window 🎉

VMware Fusion 12.1.1 1 April 2021 Build 17801503

What's in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

About VMware Fusion

Vmware Fusion Big Sur M1 Garand

VMware Fusion® 12.1.1 is the easiest, fastest, and most reliable way to run Windows and other x86 based operating systems on a Mac without rebooting.

For more information, see the broader VMware Fusion documentation.

System Requirements

  • Hardware
    Intel Mac models that support macOS 10.15 Catalina and newer versions.

    • Mac models that support macOS 10.15 Catalina - https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT21022.

  • Software
    macOS 10.15 Catalina and newer versions.

What's New

Vmware Fusion 12 M1

​This release of VMware Fusion contains security updates.

Vm Fusion Big Sur M1


Prior Releases

Vmware Fusion Big Sur M12

Features and Known Issues from prior releases of VMware Fusion 12 are described in the release notes for each release. To view the release notes for a prior release, click the appropriate link:

Known Issues

  • The virtual machine (VM) cannot access the same network as the host while macOS Big Sur host is connected to the virtual private network (VPN)

    If the Big Sur host is connected to VPN, then the VM cannot access the same network as that of the host. Best mac video app.

    Workaround: Connect to the VPN in the VM instead of connecting to the VPN on the host.