You can configure a virtual machine to allow any virtual network computer (VNC) client to access the virtual machine by connecting to your Mac.

VNC software enables you to view and interact with one computer from any other computer or mobile device anywhere on the Internet. VNC software is cross-platform, enabling remote control between different types of computers.

Options for VNC describes the ways in which you can set up VNC.

Table 1. Options for VNC
Option Description
Remote Desktop, Screen Sharing, or Third-party VNC server on the Mac host
  • Enables control of the entire host Mac, including Fusion and any other applications.
  • The connection to the server is made by using the host's IP address or hostname.
VNC server provided by Fusion
  • Available for each virtual machine.
  • Must use unique ports that are not already in use on the host Mac.
  • Enables control of the virtual machine whenever it is powered on, even before the guest operating system is running.
  • The connection to the server is made by using the host's IP address or hostname.
VNC server inside the virtual machine's guest operating system
  • The VNC server is installed in the same way as any other application inside the virtual machine.
  • Enables control of only the guest operating system and is available only after the guest operating system starts up.
  • When using bridged networking, the connection to the server is made by using the guest's IP address or hostname.

This procedure describes how to use the VNC server provided by Fusion to enable a VNC Client to access the virtual machine remotely.


  1. Select Window > Virtual Machine Library.
  2. Select a virtual machine in the Virtual Machine Library window and click Settings.
  3. Under Other in the Settings window, click Advanced.
  4. Select the Remote display over VNC check box.
  5. (Optional) Type a password.
    Because data sent over VNC is unencrypted, do not use your regular password.
  6. Identify the port on the Mac.
    The default port is 5900. If you enabled screen sharing on the Mac, port 5900 might already be in use and you must use another port, such as 5901. For multiple virtual machines, increment the port number for each additional virtual machine.


Your virtual machine is now visible to VNC clients.