Downloading the GNS3 VM
In this document we will explain the import of the GNS3 VM for VMware, but instructions for VirtualBox are similar.
VMware is a better option because it’s faster and support nested virtualization (the VM inside the VM are accelerated by your CPU). The speed difference is important and some VM will be too slow on VirtualBox.
WARNINGFor GNS3 1.3 please read this documentation.
Go to https://github.com/GNS3/gns3-gui/releases and download the version of the GNS3 VM with the exact same version number of your GNS3 version and corresponding to your emulator.
WARNINGRunning the VirtualBox version on VMware or the VMware version on VirtualBox will not work
WARNINGVMware Workstation and VMware ESXi require different GNS3 VM
NOTEVMware Fusion is the marketing name for VMware Workstation on Mac OSX
Here we will download the VMware Workstation version for GNS3 1.5.2. Scroll down on github and click the GNS3.VM.VMware.Workstation.1.5.2.zip link to download the GNS3 VM:
The GNS VM is downloaded. The file size is more than 400 MB, so your download may take a while depending on your Internet download speed.
NOTEThe GNS3 VM has a built in upgrade mechanism so you will not need to download again for every release.