In this article, I will show you how to install VMware Tools on macOS Catalina. If you want to make macOS Catalina responsive, work fast and enable the drag and drop feature then you install VMware tools since it’s the tool created by VMware to make Virtual Machines work smoothly and have the benefits of install macOS as a VM.
Install VMware Tools on macOS Catalina
- Download VMware Tools ISO
- Attach the ISO to macOS Catalina
- Install the VMware tools
- Allow VMware tools from macOS Security Settings
- Reinstall the VMware tools if required
Step #1. Download VMware Tools ISO
Click the link below to download the VMware tools for macOS Catalina.
Step #2. Attach the ISO to macOS Catalina
#1. First, power on the macOS Catalina VM, right-click on macOS Catalina Tab/Window then click on Removable Devices > CD/DVD (SATA) > Settings.
#2. Select Use ISO image file option and click Browse.
#3. Locate the VMware Tools you downloaded in step #1. Select VMware Tools.iso and click Open.
#4. Once you have selected the VMware tools.iso, then make sure the device status is Connected and Connect at Power On and click OK.
Step #3. Install the VMware Tools
#1. The VMware tools will automatically appear on your desktop. You have to click on Install VMware tools.
#2. When the pop-up asking for permission appears, click OK.
#3. On the welcome to VMware tools Installer page, click Continue.
#4. Click on the Install button, you will see a warning message and don’t worry about that, click Continue Installation.
#5. Type your username plus password and click Install Software.
#6. Click Ok on the pop-up again.
Step #4. Allow VMware Tools through macOS Security Settings
#1. You will a pop-up System Extension Blocked. After the pop-up appears, click Open Security Preferences.
#2. Click on the Padlock icon then type your password. It allows you to make changes.
#3. Click Allow to enable the VMware tools extension to be installed from the security & privacy window.
#4. On the Legacy system Extension, click OK.
#5. Click on OK again on the Security and Privacy windows.
#6. Once the installation is successfully done, click the Restart button.
#7. macOS Catalina VM will restart and after the restart login with your Username and Password.
#8. You may see the same System Extension Blocked pop-up again. Click Open Security Preferences.
#9. Click Allow again from the Security & Privacy window.
#10. Restart your VM and test the enhanced features are working.
Step #5. Reinstall VMware Tool if required
Sometimes the VMware tools don’t work when you install, so If the VMware tools didn’t work, then you need to reinstall it, to make it work. So follow the Steps below.
- Click on Install VMware Tools.
- Click on Continue.
- Click on Continue Installation.
- Type your Username and Password and Click Install Software.
- Click Restart.
- login to macOS Catalina
- Full screen your macOS Catalina to make sure it’s work properly.