VMware Fusion 13.0 | 17 NOV 2022 | Build 20802013

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About VMware Fusion

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

For more information, see the broader VMware Fusion documentation.

System Requirements

  • Hardware

    Intel or Apple Silicon Mac models.

    • Mac models that support macOS 12 Monterey or later.

  • Software

    • macOS 12 Monterey and macOS 13 Ventura.

What's New

  • New Guest Operating System Support

    • Microsoft Windows 11

    • Microsoft Windows Server 2022

    • RHEL 9

    • Debian 11.x

    • Ubuntu 22.04

  • Support for Apple Silicon Mac

    Fusion now supports running Arm virtual machines on Apple Silicon Macs

  • Universal Package for x86 and Apple Silicon

    A single universal package (.dmg) is provided for both Intel and Apple Silicon Macs.

  • New Virtual Trusted Platform Module 2.0

    Fusion now offers a virtual Trusted Platform Module (version 2.0) device to support Windows 11 and other operating systems that require a TPM.

  • New Full or Fast Encryption features

    You can now choose between security (Full) and performance (Fast) options for encryption.

  • Improved Graphics Support: OpenGL 4.3

    Fusion now supports OpenGL 4.3 for Windows and Linux on Intel Macs as well as in Linux arm64 virtual machines on Apple Silicon Macs.

  • Support for WDDM 1.2

    Fusion now supports WDDM (Windows Display Driver Model) version 1.2 for virtual machines.

  • Support for vSphere 8 and ESXi 8

    In addition to standard power operations for ESXi hosts, Fusion 13 also supports:

    • Connect to ESXi 8 Hosts or vCenter Server 8

    • Upload or Download VMs between ESXi and Fusion (Intel Macs only at this time)

    • Create a new VM on a remote server from the local desktop

Product Support Notices

  • The option to migrate your PC is no longer available in Fusion.

Prior Releases

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

  • Fusion on Apple Silicon Mac does not support uploading or downloading a virtual machine to or from a remote server

    When you use Fusion on an Apple Silicon Mac, the ability to upload and download virtual machines to/from remote hosts is not supported. This is expected to be resolved in a future update.


    If you want to upload or download a virtual machine to or from a remote server, install Rosetta. On a terminal window, use one of the following commands to install Rosetta:

    • softwareupdate --install-rosetta

    • /usr/sbin/softwareupdate --install-rosetta --agree-to-license

  • Installation Fails for RHEL 9, Ubuntu 22.04, and Fedora 36 guests with Fusion on Apple Silicon Macs

    If you try to install Rhel 9, Ubuntu 22.04, or Fedora 36 on a virtual machine, the installation displays a black screen instead of what is expected and does not proceed.


    After a RHEL 9 or Fedora 36 virtual machine is created, a modprobe.blacklist-=vmwgfx boot option is required. Please refer to this KB for full workaround steps: 89983.

  • When a new VM is created with a FreeBSD ISO, Fusion may not detect the OS version properly

    While creating a new virtual machine using FreeBSD 12.x or 13.x, Fusion may display an incorrect version of the operating system.


    This does not impact the installation of the OS, and the Guest OS type can be manually changed when the VM is powered off.


    Manually set the operating system type to the corresponding version of FreeBSD.

  • Some operating systems may default to the X11 windowing system, which is not actively maintained. In this mode, graphical distortions may be present.

    Operating systems that default to X11 for rendering the desktop window manager may display graphical distortion instead of what is expected.


    The issue does not persist with Wayland-rendered desktop window managers. The workaround is to switch from X11 to Wayland. The process to do this is different for each OS.

  • The vmnet-natd process consumes a high percentage of CPU usage

    When a virtual machine is running and using network resources, the host vmnet-natd process may consume a growing percentage of CPU resources until it reaches 99 percent.


    To resolve the issue, restart VMware Fusion.

Resolved Issues

  • It is not possible to change the Firmware type with Fedora (64-bit) guest operating systems when creating a new virtual machine

    When you try to create a virtual machine with the Fedora (64-bit) guest operating system, the option to choose between UEFI and BIOS is not presented.

    This issue is resolved.

  • Attempting to create a custom vmnet when specifying IP subnets fails

    If a customized subnet is specified in the vmnet creation, the vmnet cannot be created in the GUI. Automatic subnet IP assignment is not affected.

    This issue is resolved.

  • When sound events in the VM are triggered, Fusion may present a disruptive pop-up with an error about the sound device

    For Fusion on Apple Silicon, when a sound is played in the guest operating system, a dialog box appears with the following error message:

    Error in creating sound stream. 
    Playback may not work.

    This issue is resolved.

Security Issues

  • OpenSSL has been updated to 1.1.1q.

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