VMware Remote Console 12.0 | 15 DEC 2020

Build 17287072 | Mac App Store Build 17283634

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What's in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

What's New

This release of VMware Remote Console includes the following changes: 

  • VMRC 12.0 macOS version now supports the transition to universal binary. It can natively run on MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini with Apple Silicon-based M1 chipset, and it is only available on macOS App Store.
  • VMware Remote Console supports connecting generic VNC server with VNC authentication support.
  • VMware Remote Console supports both auto-fit guest and stretch mode on all supported platforms.
  • VMware Remote Console supports proxy configuration within VMRC URI.
  • VMware Remote Console Windows and Linux client supports graphic hardware acceleration, which can improve performance and reduce battery usage.
  • VMware Remote Console macOS client is optimized for Retina and 4K Display.
  • New supported Host OS: Win10 20H2, macOS 11.0, CentOS 8.2, Debian 10.6, SLES15 SP2, and Ubuntu 20.10.
  • Open-source components have been updated, including jansson 2.10, libjpeg-turbo 2.0.5, libgksu 2.0.13, openssl 1.1.1h, pcre 8.44, sqlite 3.23.3, and rsvg 2.40.21.

System requirements

  • Windows: Windows 8 and above
  • Linux: Linux kernel version 3.10 and above
  • macOS: macOS 10.15 and above


You can use VMware Remote Console 12.0 to connect to virtual machines in vSphere, vRealize Automation, and vCloud Director.


  • VMware Remote Console 12.0 requires direct access to port 443 on ESXi hosts. For more information, see KB 76672.
  • vRealize Automation 8.0 is not compatible with any version of VMware Remote Console. 

You can install VMware Remote Console 12.0 on the following host operating systems:

Windows (64-bit)

  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows 11
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8

Windows (32-bit)

  • Windows 10


  • macOS 11.0
  • macOS 10.15


  • CentOS 8.2
  • CentOS 7.8
  • Debian 10.6
  • Fedora 32
  • Fedora 31
  • Linux Mint 19
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP2
  • Ubuntu 20.10
  • Ubuntu 20.04
  • Ubuntu 19.10
  • Ubuntu 18.04
  • Ubuntu 16.04

Resolved Issues

The resolved issues are grouped as follows.

  • The initial window size gets reset to 700X482 after connecting to the virtual machine.

    When you connect a virtual machine with tools installed by the VMware Remote Console Linux client, the initial window size will reset to 700x482 regardless of the guest screen size set previously.

    This issue has been resolved in this release.

Known Issues

The known issues are grouped as follows.

  • The VMware Remote Console macOS App Store client may be slow when performing passthrough on a mass storage device.

    When a mounted mass storage device passes through a remote virtual machine, the VMware Remote Console macOS client may freeze for several seconds.

    Workaround: Manually unmount the mass storage device from the host operating system before initiating passthrough in VMware Remote Console.

  • Some device operations are not supported on macOS.

    When you access virtual machines using the VMware Remote Console macOS client, you cannot perform certain device operations. For example, you cannot add new devices or display sound card settings. These specific operations are present in the documentation.

    Workaround: None.

  • VMware Remote Console and VMware Workstation cannot be installed on the same computer.

    Because VMware Remote Console and VMware Workstation share some components in common, it is not possible to install both on the same Linux machine.

    Workaround: None.

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