If you have an earlier version of VMware Fusion, you can upgrade to the current version by manually downloading the VMware Fusion disk image from the VMware Web site.

If you are upgrading VMware Fusion, you must uninstall the version that is installed on your Mac. Installing, upgrading, and uninstalling of VMware Fusion does not modify existing virtual machines.

You can select the full version or the light version. The full version has the VMware Tools suite of utilities for all supported operating systems, and the light version has VMware Tools for Windows and Mac OS X Server only. The VMware Fusion application itself is the same in both versions, but reducing the coverage for VMware Tools makes the light version disk image half the size of the full version.

Verify that all of your virtual machines are shut down and that VMware Fusion is not running.


Drag the previous version of VMware Fusion to the trash.

VMware Fusion is located in the Applications folder on your Mac.


Download VMware Fusion from the VMware Web site at http://www.vmware.com/mac/.


Click the Download link and follow the subsequent links for an Electronic Download Distribution.


Click the download link and save the application to your Mac.

The VMware Fusion disk image is saved to your default download directory. For the full version the filename is VMware-Fusion-x.x.x-xxxxxx.dmg, where x.x.x is the application version and xxxxxx is the build number for the download release. The light version name is VMware-Fusion-x.x.x-xxxxxx-light.dmg.


Double-click VMware-Fusion-x.x.x-xxxxxx.dmg or VMware-Fusion-x.x.x-xxxxxx-light.dmg to mount it.


Drag the VMware Fusion icon onto the Applications folder icon.

When the upgrade is finished, you must upgrade VMware Tools in every virtual machine. A VMware Tools upgrade requires that you restart the virtual machine. See Installing or Upgrading VMware Tools.