I have just installed the 'vagrant-vmware-fusion' 5.0.4 official plug-in from HashiCorp, in Vagrant.

I am using Vagrant with VMWare Fusion 10 running in High Sierra.

However, when doing the vagrant up for a VM, I am having an error.

As advised in the error message, I have done a reboot, however the error is still happening.

What to do?

$ vagrant up --provider vmware_fusion
Bringing machine 'default' up with 'vmware_fusion' provider...
==> default: Box 'hashicorp/precise64' could not be found. Attempting to find and install...
    default: Box Provider: vmware_desktop, vmware_fusion, vmware_workstation
    default: Box Version: >= 0
==> default: Loading metadata for box 'hashicorp/precise64'
    default: URL: https://vagrantcloud.com/hashicorp/precise64
==> default: Adding box 'hashicorp/precise64' (v1.1.0) for provider: vmware_fusion
    default: Downloading: https://vagrantcloud.com/hashicorp/boxes/precise64/versions/1.1.0/providers/vmware_fusion.box
==> default: Successfully added box 'hashicorp/precise64' (v1.1.0) for 'vmware_fusion'!
==> default: Cloning VMware VM: 'hashicorp/precise64'. This can take some time...
==> default: Checking if box 'hashicorp/precise64' is up to date...
==> default: Verifying vmnet devices are healthy...
The VMware "vmnet" devices are failing to start. The most common
reason for this is collisions with existing network services. For
example, if a hostonly network space collides with another hostonly
network (such as with VirtualBox), it will fail to start. Likewise,
if forwarded ports collide with other listening ports, it will
fail to start.

Vagrant does its best to fix these issues, but in some cases it
cannot determine the root cause of these failures.

Please verify you have no other colliding network services running.
As a last resort, restarting your computer often fixes this issue.

After rebooting a couple of times, I decided to try my luck launching "VMware Fusion" before invoking the vagrant up command.

It indeed works; vagrant up does not start VMWare fusion, and so, you have to be running it for vagrant up to be able to deploy a VM.

Ultimately, the error message could be more elucidative.

  • Note vagrant up typically dose start the virtual machine by itself. We've been doing this for years over ssh, with no user logged in, no one to launch any app. From time to time, we have had to reboot or re-make the vagrant network file to get it to work. – Christopher Ian Stern Apr 5 '18 at 18:39
  • @ChristopherIanStern It is definitively not doing it here with High-Sierra+VmWare Fusion+the paid plug-in from HashiCorp. What virtualisation technology are you using? – Rui F Ribeiro Apr 5 '18 at 18:43

I encountered this error message. I had another paused VMware fusion VM running. I shut down that paused VM, executed 'vagrant up' again. vagrant session went past the error message.


Installing the latest Vagrant VMWare Utilities fixes this issue. It is no longer necessary to launch the VMWare Fusion process manually. Not sure why this is not included by default, caused alot of issues when attempting automation.

View the docs

Download a prebuilt system package

  • They were the last at the time of my writing. As soon as can get to my Mac, will try again, thanks, – Rui F Ribeiro Jul 20 '18 at 18:58

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