macOS Mojave and VMware Fusion

It is easy to install macOS Mojave as a virtual machine in VMware Fusion on a Mac provided you create a bootable installer from which to install the Mac operating system. Using macOS Mojave in a virtual machine in VMware Fusion is expressly permitted by the macOS licence agreement provided you are running on Apple hardware and you obtain macOS Mojave legally from Apple.

it runs beautifully and is perfect for testing and development workloads.

macOS Mojave desktop

TL:DR — Get VMware Fusion, Install VMware Fusion, download macOS Mojave from Apple, create a bootable USB of macOS Mojave and it can be installed in VMware Fusion just perfectly.

Step by step instructions

Apple provide instructions for upgrading to macOS Mojave, which explain which mac models are compatible and warn you to backup. These instructions dont apply to a new installation of macOS Mojave in a virtual machine in VMware Fusion. But they do have the App Store Link for macOS Mojave. It is not easy to find because most people won't need it.

1. Download macOS Mojave from the App Store

Follow the link, open in the App Store app and press the get button download macOS Mojave from the App Store.

Apple App Store macoS Mojave
Download macOS Mojave from the App Store

Press the blue 'Get' button

Get macOS Mojave (App Store Link)
macos mojave software update

Software update will find it.

macos mojave software update

This is a large download so ensure you are connected to power, and have a good Internet connection.

You can find the installer in your Applications folder as an app named Install macOS Mojave

2. Extract media to a bootable USB stick or external drive

Apples tech note How to create a bootable installer for macOS explains.

  1. Connect a USB drive (or use an external drive if you want). Best to use a new 16GB or greater drive. Make sure it is properly formatted as Mac OS Extended.
  2. Open a terminal and use the 'createinstallmedia' command shown but replacing 'USBmojave' with the name of your volume
          sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ --volume /Volumes/USBmojave
  3. Press Enter after typing the command, then type your administrator password and press Enter again.
  4. Type Y to confirm that you understand you will be erasing the volume, and double check you have the right volume, then press Enter. You will see the progress bar as the bootable installer is created. Once completed you can now quit Terminal.
  5. Like this
          $ sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ --volume /Volumes/USBmojave 
          Ready to start.
          To continue we need to erase the volume at /Volumes/mojave.
          If you wish to continue type (Y) then press return: y
          Erasing disk: 0%... 10%... 20%... 30%... 100%
          Copying to disk: 0%... 10%... 20%... 30%... 40%... 50%... 60%... 70%... 80%... 90%... 100%
          Making disk bootable...
          Copying boot files...
          Install media now available at "/Volumes/Install macOS Mojave"

3. Download and install VMware Fusion

VMware Fusion is an unsung hero app for macOS, especially if you are in software dvelopment or testing. It is one of the most important development and testing tools for building apps to run on any platform. You can evaaluate VMware Fusion for 30 days before deciding if its right for you and buying a license.

VMware Fusion and Fusion Pro Logo
Try out VMware Fusion or Fusion Pro

The latest release is VMware Fusion 11.5 which supports macOS Mojave beautifully.

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VMware Fusion installer screen

Double click to run the installer.

4. Create the macOS Mojave virtual machine

  1. Load VMware Fusion and click the plus symbol on the toolbar and select the 'New…' menu
  2. Double click on the 'Install from disc or image' button on the 'Select the installation method' screen. VMware Fusion new virtual machine screen
  3. On the resulting 'Create a new virtual machine' screen, click 'Use another disc or disc image and open the install media you created earlier to find the 'Install macOS' item, then select it. VMware Fusion new virtual machine screen
  4. Press 'continue' and on the 'Finish' screen you can leave the defaults or customise as you wish. VMware Fusion new virtual machine screen
  5. VMware Fusion will now create the installation media. VMware Fusion new virtual machine screen
  6. VMware Fusion boot macOS Mojave once it completes setting up the virtual disk. VMware Fusion new virtual machine screen
  7. Now you can install macOS Mojave in the usual way. VMware macOS first boot screen

5. Complete the macOS setup process

macOS install screen

Select 'Install macOS'

macOS setup screen

Click 'Continue'

macOS software licence agreement

Accept the software licence agreement

macOS disk selection screen

Choose 'Macintosh HD', your newly created virtual disk

macOS disk installation screen

Let macOS installation run

macOS disk installation screen

macOS will reboot the VMware virtual machine and continue

macOS installation time remaining screen
Time remaining

It will reboot again and tell you how long it might take

macOS regional setup screen

Select your region and click 'Continue'

macOS keyboard setup screen

Select your keyboard and click 'Continue'

macOS Data & Privacy explanatory screen
Data & Privacy

Click 'Continue'

Transfer information

Click 'Continue' for a vanilla new installation

macOS Sign in with AppleID screen
Apple ID

You can skip this until later by clicking 'Set up later'

macOS software licence agreement
Software licence agreement

Click 'Agree' after reading the terms. You do read them don't you?

macOS account setup screen
Create a computer account

Enter the required details and click 'Continue'

macOS express setup screen
Express setup

Click 'Customise Settings'

macOS locations setup screen

Enable location services if desired and click 'Continue'

Time Zone

Set your Time Zone and click 'Continue'


Decide whether to participate in Analytics and click 'Continue'

macOS finishing setup screen
Finish setting up

Allow macOS to finish setup

macOS Mojave desktop

Now you have a brand new macOS Mojave virtual machine

Software update

macOS Mojave Software Update
Software Update

You should now check Software Update to install any Security Updates that might be available for macOS Mojave. Click 'Install Now'