VMware AppCatalyst is an API and Command Line Interface (CLI)-driven Mac hypervisor that is purpose-built for developers, with the goal of bringing the datacenter environment to the desktop. Currently a technology preview, VMware AppCatalyst offers developers a fast and easy way to replicate a private cloud locally on their desktop for building and testing containerized and microservices-based applications.The tool features Project Photon, an open source minimal Linux container host, Docker Machine and integration with Vagrant. AppCatalyst uses MacOS as its host operating system (i.e., the user must use MacOS 10.9 or later as their host operating system to use AppCatalyst).
We’d love to hear from you especially if you’re trying to integrate your tools with AppCatalyst, or if you’ve got cool ideas about what you think it should do next.
How is VMware AppCatalyst different from Fusion or Workstation?
AppCatalyst is offered as a free download, and is optimized for developer workloads. To do so, AppCatalyst focuses on API- and command-line interface access, ships with a container runtime, and is designed to provide an environment consistent with that in the production stack. In short, AppCatalyst makes it easy for developers to write, test, and ship code.
What do I need to get started with VMware AppCatalyst?
To run AppCatalyst, you will need:
- a 64-bit capable Intel Mac (compatible with Core 2 Duo, Xeon, i3, i5, i7 processors or better)
- Minimum 2 GB of RAM (4GB or more recommended)
- OSX 10.9 or later (OS X Yosemite recommended)
You will also need the AppCatalyst installer file. This installer is available through this community.
What are the supported guest operating systems for VMware AppCatalyst?
Project Photon is the default guest operating system for VMware AppCatalyst
What customer support is provided for VMware AppCatalyst?
AppCatalyst is currently offered as a tech preview only. However, questions and discussion are encouraged through this community.
Will VMware AppCatalyst support Windows as a host operating system?
At this time, Windows is not supported as a host OS on AppCatalyst.
How can I get more information on VMware AppCatalyst?
The most reliable, up to date information is available through this VMware communities site. You can also follow what VMware and the Cloud-Native Apps team is working on at blogs.vmware.com/cloudnative, or @cloudnativeapps on Twitter.