VMware Fusion Custom NAT Network – Default Gateway IP


If you need advance networking with VMware Fusion, the preference menu doesn’t offer a lot of option to modify the default gateway, the subnet mask and so On.

Basically you have to understand some basic information.

By default when you add a new Custom Network, vmware will call it : vmnet2 or 3 or ..

The default gateway created by Fusion for your new network will be : network range and the network address it’s 2. the 1 it’s reserve for the option to connect your Host MAC on the network.

ex : (MAC HOST) (Default Gateway for your custom network).

But for my setup I needed to use the .1 as the default gateway !

Here’s the steps.

VMware Fusion : Preference : Network

Use the + sign to create a new one :

Critical if you want your VM goes on the internet :

  • You need to check : Allow virtual machines on this network to connect to external networks (using NAT)
  • Check the DHCP Subnet IP and specify your network parameters.

Now with this the basic is done. Let’s go to change the default gateway.

Open a text editor (I preferred Text Wrangler).

open the path : /Library/Preferences/VMware Fusion/vmnet2/nat.conf

WARNING *** vmnet2 or vmnet3 or vmnet4, the name should match the custom created in the previous steps.

In the beginning of the nat.conf file, adjust the default gateway address / netmask as you need.

# NAT gateway address
ip =
netmask =

Save the File.

Close / ReOpen Fusion and test.

FYI : I assumed, you modify your VM Network CARD  to be assigned to your new Custom Network!!!!!

If you did all good you can now ping your gateway address!!


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