I have installed Mac OS in VMware today and its default settings are as follow:

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How can i configure the virtual workstation to increase the graphics memory to 512MB from the present value of 128MB?

  • @tlhintoq - what version of mac osx are you using? the mavericks version?
    – vin
    Feb 19 '14 at 15:00
  • It says "OS X 10.8" in the screenshot, which would be Mountain Lion.
    – zigg
    Feb 19 '14 at 15:21

VMware's knowledge base article, Setting Custom Video Memory Size in Fusion, shows the setting to change:

Setting Custom Video Memory Size in Fusion

There is no way to choose a different video memory size through the user interface. It must be done by editing the virtual machine settings (.vmx) file. For more information, see Editing the .vmx file for your Fusion virtual machine (1014782).

Add this line to the .vmx file:

svga.vramSize = value_in_bytes

where value_in_bytes is the desired memory size in bytes

The .vmx mentioned in the article is hidden within your virtual machine's bundle. To find the file to edit, right-click (or Control-click) on your virtual machine in the Finder and select Show Package Contents.


If you have installed OS X on VMWare workstation for Windows, you need VMsvga2. Install that .pkg file inside OS X and you'll see a noticeable change in the animations.

You'll also find updated versions of VMsvga2 for Mavericks inside Files section. You are required to install all required patches & updates for everything to work.

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    Thank you so much. I had weird rendering issues in 10.8.4 such as AppCode or muCommander not drawing their UI. This driver fixed it.
    – expert
    Nov 7 '13 at 11:07
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    For what it is worth using OSX on non Apple hardware, virtualized or not, is against the EULA.
    – dwightk
    Mar 27 '14 at 0:07
  • Messaged can't install on macOS High Sierra that Hosted on windows workstation pro 14.
    – QMaster
    Aug 3 '18 at 15:38
  • To remove the VMsvga2.kext after the installation of the VMsvga2*.pkg open the terminal and type: sudo rm -rf /System/Library/Extensions/VMsvga2.kext enter your password and wait for it to complete and restart.
    – zvaniel
    Dec 16 '18 at 16:22
  • @dwightk 🤣....
    – m4heshd
    Jan 29 '20 at 11:28

Be sure to take a snapshot before you install SVGA2. On my MacVM the SVGA2 driver kills a couple programs like iPhoto and Safari. Now I can't find a way to remove it. Dummy me for not taking a snapshot because I was in a hurry.

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