You can use VMware Remote Console to attach virtual parallel ports to a virtual machine.


  1. Access the target virtual machine in VMware Remote Console.
  2. If you want to configure a new parallel port, add it to your virtual machine.
    • Adding a parallel port is not supported on macOS. The VMware Remote Console macOS client cannot add hardware to a virtual machine.
    • Adding and removing a parallel port are not supported on Linux. The VMware Remote Console Linux client cannot perform operations on powered-off virtual machines.
    1. Power off the virtual machine.
    2. Select VMRC > Manage > Virtual Machine Settings.
    3. Open the Hardware tab and click Add.
    4. Select Parallel Port and click Finish.
  3. Open the settings for the target parallel port.
    • On Windows or Linux, open the Hardware tab and select the desired parallel port.
    • On macOS, select the desired parallel port under Removable Devices.
  4. Specify connection settings for the port.
    • To connect the port immediately, select Connected (Windows or Linux) or Connect Parallel Port (macOS).
    • To connect the port each time the virtual machine is powered on, select Connect at power on.
  5. Select whether the port connects to a physical port or to an output file.

What to do next

If you no longer need a configured parallel port, you can remove it from the virtual machine.

  • On Windows, power off the virtual machine. Select the target parallel port and click Remove.
  • On macOS, power off the virtual machine. Select the target parallel port and click Remove Parallel Port.