How to Install Unlocker 2.0.8 for VMware Workstation 11 - 12V
If you want to run macOS on VMware Workstation or Player, you need to install a tool called Unlocker. Unlocker is a patch that modifies some VMware files to enable support for Apple guests. Without Unlocker, you won't be able to select macOS as the guest operating system when creating a virtual machine.
In this article, we will show you how to download and install Unlocker 2.0.8 for VMware Workstation 11 - 12V on Windows or Linux. This version of Unlocker works with the latest macOS versions, such as Catalina and Big Sur.
Step 1: Download Unlocker 2.0.8
You can download Unlocker 2.0.8 from GitHub[^1^] or from this alternate link[^2^]. The file name is unlocker-vmware-4.2.6.zip and it contains the following files:
build.cmd - Batch file to create a zip file for distribution
build.sh - Bash file to create a zip file for distribution
clean.cmd - Batch file to remove temporary files
clean.sh - Bash file to remove temporary files
debug-build.sh - Bash file to build a debug version of unlocker
go.mod - Go module file
go.sum - Go module checksum file
LICENSE - License file
README.md - This readme file
VERSION - Version number file
zipit.sh - Bash file to zip up the files for distribution
commands/ - Folder containing command line utilities
cpuid/ - Folder containing cpuid binaries for Windows and Linux
iso/ - Folder containing ISO images of macOS VMware Tools
vmwpatch/ - Folder containing patch code and binaries for Windows and Linux
You only need the vmwpatch folder and the iso folder for this tutorial.
Step 2: Extract Unlocker 2.0.8
After downloading the zip file, extract it to a folder of your choice. For example, you can extract it to C:\\unlocker on Windows or /unlocker on Linux.
Step 3: Close VMware Workstation or Player
Before running Unlocker, make sure you close VMware Workstation or Player completely. You can check the task manager on Windows or the system monitor on Linux to see if any VMware processes are still running.
Step 4: Run Unlocker as Administrator or Root
To run Unlocker, you need to have administrator privileges on Windows or root privileges on Linux. You can right-click on the unlocker.exe file in the vmwpatch folder and select \"Run as administrator\" on Windows or use sudo ./unlocker in the terminal on Linux.
The unlocker program will patch the VMware files and display a message when it is done. You can also check the log.txt file in the vmwpatch folder for more details.
Step 5: Restart VMware Workstation or Player
After running Unlocker, you need to restart VMware Workstation or Player for the changes to take effect. You can now create a new virtual machine and select macOS as the guest operating system.
Step 6: Install macOS on VMware Workstation or Player
To install macOS on VMware Workstation or Player, you need to have a macOS installer image or a recovery VMDK file. You can download them from various sources online or create them yourself using another Mac computer.
You also need to configure some settings for the virtual machine, such as the memory size, processor cores, hard disk size, network adapter type, etc. You can follow this video tutorial[^3^] or this PDF guide[^4^] for more details.
Step 7: Install VMware Tools for macOS
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