Fission is a simple command line tool for managing VMware Fusion VMs. Only Fusion 3.x is currently supported. See Fusion Version Support for more info.
gem install fission
fission clone existing_vm new_vm [--start]
If you provide '--start', then the new VM will be powered on after cloning
fission delete my_vm [--force]
Deletes the VM. This will delete the files from disk and remove the related metadata in Fusion.
By default, the VM will not be deleted if:
- The VM is running
- The Fusion GUI is running (as the metadata cannot be cleanly removed)
Providing '--force' will:
- Stop the VM if it's running
- Delete the VM even if the Fusion GUI is running
fission info my_vm
Outputs information about the VM
fission snapshot create my_vm snapshot_name
Creates a snapshot for the VM
In order to create the snapshot:
- The VM must be running
- The snapshot name must be unique
fission snapshot delete my_vm snapshot_name
Deletes a snapshot for the VM
If you have the Fusion GUI running, the VM must be running in order to delete the snapshot.
fission snapshot list my_vm
Lists the snapshots for the VM
fission snapshot revert my_vm existing_snapshot
Reverts a VM to an existing snapshot
In order to revert to the snapshot:
- The Fusion GUI cannot be running
fission start my_vm [--headless]
Starts the VM
Providng '--headless' will start the VM without a Fusion GUI console
Note that the Fusion GUI cannot be running to start a VM with '--headless'
Displays the status (running or not) of all of the VMs found
fission stop my_vm
Stops the VM
fission suspend [my_vm | --all]
Suspends the VM or all running VMs
By default, fission will use the default VMware Fusion VM directory (~/Documents/Virtual Machines.localized/) when cloning. If you want to use a different directory, you can set this in a config file.
The config file needs to be in YAML format and live at '~/.fissionrc'
$cat ~/.fissionrc --- vm_dir: "/vm"
Fusion Version Support
As of now, only Fusion 3.x is supported (that's what I have available to test). It's my understanding that some folks are currently using fission with Fusion 4.x as well. In order to have fission work with Fusion 4.x, you will need to tell fission where the Fusion 4.x vmrun file is. You can do so with the following item placed in your ~/.fissionrc (remember, YAML format):
vmrun_bin: /Applications/VMware Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmrun
Other Notable Info
The name of the VM used in the previous examples should be the directory name of the VM minus the '.vmwarevm' extension. Typically the VM name and the directory name are the same.
As of now, VMware Fusion doesn't provide an easy, out of the box, way to modify the personality (hostname, ip, etc.) of a VM. Because of this, a clone created by fission is an exact copy of the original (including hostname, ip address, etc.). Most likely, this isn't what you want.
One approach is to create a VM which will act as a template. Create the VM with the desired install method (ideally with easy install) and settings, but do not power on the VM. You can then create clones from this VM 'template'. When you power on the clone, it will start the OS install process (and assign a new ip, etc.).
Fission with RVM
Please see the following gist for a walkthrough of making fission available regardless of ruby environment when using RVM https://gist.github.com/1203167
- Fork the project
- Make your feature addition or bug fix (with tests and docs) in a topic branch
- Bonus points for not mucking with the gemspec or version
- Send a pull request and I'll get it integrated