Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Enable Retina display on macOS VMware Fusion VM

By default, macOS (tested on 10.2.3) VM using VMware Fusion is not using Retina display. To enable high display resolution, do:

  1. On the macOS host machine, open VMware Fusion Preferences ( VMware Fusion | Preferences... )
  2. In Display selection, set Single Window to "Resize the virtual machine and the window" and Full Screen to "Resize the virtual machine and the window". See figure below for reference.
  3. In VMware Fusion, select the machine in the library ( Window | Virtual Machine Library
  4. In Virtual Machine Library, select the macOS guest VM then select Virtual Machine | Settings...
  5. In System Settings area, select display icon 
  6. Then in Display, select Use full resolution for Retina display
  7. Power up the macOS VM and install VMware Tools
  8. Once tools installation is complete, open terminal and type
  9. sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.windowserver.plist DisplayResolutionEnabled -bool true
    
  10. Logout and log back in
  11. In the VM System Preferences | Display, select Resolution to Scaled and the resolution marked HiDPI.
  12. Done

Reference(s):
http://patrickbougie.com/2015/10/03/retina-os-x-vm/

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