macOS Unlocker V4.0 for VMware Workstation
- Use a release from the Releases section of this GitHub repository. https://github.com/DrDonk/golocker/releases
- Always uninstall the previous version of the Unlocker before using a new version or running an update on the VMware software. Failure to do this could render VMware unusable.
- You use this software at your own risk and there are no guarantees this will work in future versions of VMware Workstation.
Unlocker 4 is designed for VMware Workstation and Player 16 and has been tested against:
- Workstation Pro 16 on Windows and Linux
- Workstation Player 16 on Windows and Linux
It is important to understand that the Unlocker does not add any new capabilities to VMware Workstation and Player but enables support for macOS that is disabled in the VMware products that do not run on Apple Hardware. These capabiltiites are normally exposed in Fusion and ESXi when running on Apple hardware. The Unlocker cannot add support for new versions of macOS, add paravirtualized GPU support or any other features that are not already in the VMware compiled code.
What the Unlocker can do is enable certain flags and data tables that are required to see the macOS type when setting the guest OS type, and modify the implmentation of the virtual SMC controller device. The patch code carries out the following modifications dependent on the product being patched:
- Fix vmware-vmx and derivatives to allow macOS to boot
- Fix vmwarebase.dll or libvmwarebase.so to allow Apple guests to be selected during VM creation
- Provide a copy of the macOS VMware Tools for the guest
In all cases make sure VMware is not running, and any background guests have been shutdown.
The code has no pre-requisites and should run directly from the download. The code is written in Go with some utility Bash and Powershell files.
On Windows you will need to either run a Command or Powershell prompt as Administrator and navigate to the folder where the golocker has been unpacked and run:
.\windows\unlocker.exe <install | uninstall> install - install patches uninstall - uninstall patches
On Linux you will need to be either root or use sudo to run the scripts in the terminal and navigate to the folder where the golocker has been unpacked and run:
./linux/unlocker <install | uninstall> install - install patches uninstall - uninstall patches
5. VMware Downloads
These URLs will link to the latest versions of VMware's hosted products:
- VMware Fusion https://vmware.com/go/getfusion
- VMware Workstation for Windows https://www.vmware.com/go/getworkstation-win
- VMware Workstation for Linux https://www.vmware.com/go/getworkstation-linux
- VMware Player for Windows https://www.vmware.com/go/getplayer-win
- VMware Player for Linux https://www.vmware.com/go/getplayer-linux
6. VMware Tools
The Unlocker provides the VMware tools ISO images. There can be newer releases available which can be downloaded from these URLs if the script has not yet been updated:
- Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.10 https://customerconnect.vmware.com/en/downloads/details?downloadGroup=VMTOOLS10012&productId=491
- macOS 10.11+ https://customerconnect.vmware.com/downloads/info/slug/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_tools/11_x
These URLs require a VMware login to download.
Version 16 of Workstation Pro recognises the darwin.iso files and the tools can be installed in the usual way by using the "Install VMware Tools" menu item. The Player version does not automatically pick up the ISO images and so the ISO must be maually attached to the VM via the guest's settings.
Thanks to Zenith432 for originally building the C++ Unlocker and Mac Son of Knife (MSoK) for all the testing and support.
Thanks also to Sam B for finding the solution for ESXi 6 and helping me with debugging expertise. Sam also wrote the code for patching ESXi ELF files and modified the Unlocker code to run on Python 3 in the ESXi 6.5 environment.
(c) 2011-2021 David Parsons