If you are upgrading from the Vagrant VMware Workstation or Vagrant VMware Fusion plugins, please halt or destroy all VMware VMs currently being managed by Vagrant. Then continue with the instructions below.

Installation of the Vagrant VMware provider requires two steps. First the Vagrant VMware Utility must be installed. This can be done by downloading and installing the correct system package from the Vagrant VMware Utility downloads page.

Next, install the Vagrant VMware provider plugin using the standard plugin installation procedure:

$ vagrant plugin install vagrant-vmware-desktop

For more information on plugin installation, please see the Vagrant plugin usage documentation.

The Vagrant VMware plugin is a commercial product provided by HashiCorp and requires the purchase of a license to operate. To purchase a license, please visit the Vagrant VMware provider page. Upon purchasing a license, you will receive a license file in your inbox. Download this file and save it to a temporary location on your computer.

After installing the Vagrant VMware Desktop plugin for your system, you will need to install the license:

$ vagrant plugin license vagrant-vmware-desktop ~/license.lic

The first parameter is the name of the plugin, and the second parameter is the path to the license file on disk. Please be sure to replace ~/license.lic with the path where you temporarily saved the downloaded license file to disk. After you have installed the plugin license, you may remove the temporary file.

To verify the license installation, run:

$ vagrant

If the license is not installed correctly, you will see an error message.

»Upgrading to v1.x

It is extremely important that the VMware plugin is upgraded to 1.0.0 or above. This release resolved critical security vulnerabilities. To learn more, please read our release announcement.

After upgrading, please verify that the following paths are empty. The upgrade process should remove these for you, but for security reasons it is important to double check. If you're a new user or installing the VMware provider on a new machine, you may skip this step. If you're a Windows user, you may skip this step as well.

The path ~/.vagrant.d/gems/*/vagrant-vmware-{fusion,workstation} should no longer exist. The gem vagrant-vmware-desktop may exist since this is the name of the new plugin. If the old directories exist, remove them. An example for a Unix-like shell is shown below:

# Check if they exist and verify that they're the correct paths as shown below.
$ ls ~/.vagrant.d/gems/*/vagrant-vmware-{fusion,workstation}

# Remove them
$ rm -rf ~/.vagrant.d/gems/*/vagrant-vmware-{fusion,workstation}

»Updating the Vagrant VMware Desktop plugin

The Vagrant VMware Desktop plugin can be updated directly from Vagrant. Run the following command to update Vagrant to the latest version of the Vagrant VMware Desktop plugin:

$ vagrant plugin update vagrant-vmware-desktop


If you have any issues purchasing, installing, or using the Vagrant VMware plugins, please contact support. To expedite the support process, please include the Vagrant debug output as a Gist if applicable. This will help us more quickly diagnose your issue.