.VMWAREVM File Extension

VMware Fusion Virtual Machine

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What is a VMWAREVM file?

A VMWAREVM file is a virtual machine (VM) created by VMware Fusion, a virtualization application for Macs that can run other operating systems. It stores all of the information for a virtual machine, including configuration files (.VMX) and virtual machine disks (.VMDK), required by Fusion to load and run an operating system.

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Screenshot of a .vmwarevm file in VMware Fusion 13
VMWAREVM file open in VMware Fusion 13

Fusion is virtualization software that allows you to run Windows and Linux operating systems (OSes) on a Mac. When you add an OS to Fusion, the app creates a virtual machine (VM) and saves it as a VMWAREVM file.

How to create a VMWAREVM file with VMware Fusion

To create a VMWAREVM file, select File → New... or click + in the Virtual Machine Library window. You can then choose to install an OS from a disc or image, recovery partition, Boot Camp, or import an existing virtual machine, which includes Parallels Virtual Machine (.PVM) files.

How to open a VMWAREVM file

You can open a VMWAREVM file with VMware Fusion in macOS. To open a VMWAREVM file with Fusion, click + in the Virtual Machine Library window, select Import..., then click Choose File.... You can also select File → New..., choose "Import an existing virtual machine," then click Choose File....

You can also place your VMWAREVM file in the folder you set as the default location for storing virtual machines (the Fusion default location is Macintosh HD/​Users/​[username]/​Virtual Machines). Then, open Fusion and choose the VMWAREVM file in the Virtual Machine Library window you added.

Opening a VMWAREVM file as a macOS package

VMWAREVM file open in Apple Finder
VMWAREVM file open in Apple Finder

In macOS, you can right-click a VMWAREVM file and select Show Package Contents to view the package's directories and files with Apple Finder. Files you may find stored within a VMWAREVM file include VMX, VMDK, and .PLIST files.

NOTE: Modifying the contents in a VMWAREVM file may corrupt the virtual machine.

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