Alternatives to EasyBCD for all platforms with Free or Open Source License

Platforms

Desktop

Indie / Classic

  • PLoP Boot Manager icon

    PLoP Boot Manager

    The PLoP Boot Manager is a small program to boot different operating systems. You can boot the operating systems from harddisk, floppy, CD/DVD or from USB. You can start the boot manager from floppy, CD, network and there are many...

    Open Source macOS Windows Linux

    • It can even help to boot from USB device on old pcs that do not boot from usb.
      Guest • Jul 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Grub Customizer icon

    Grub Customizer

    Grub Customizer is a graphical interface to configure the GRUB2/BURG settings and menuentries.

    Open Source Linux

  • Visual BCD Editor icon

    Visual BCD Editor

    Visual BCD Editor - advanced GUI version of bcdedit utility. Automatic boot loader creation - Windows 7|Vista|XP|VHD. Fix boot manager and dual boot problems.

    Free Windows

  • Bootice icon

    Bootice

    Bootice - utility to modify or backup/restore your MBR (Master Boot Record) or PBR (Partition Boot Record). With Bootice, you can easily change your MBR/PBR to another type. Supported boot records are: Grub4DOS, SysLinux, PLoP...

    Free Windows

  • Grub2Win icon

    Grub2Win

    Safely dual boot Windows and Linux without touching the Windows MBR. Grub2Win installs to Windows 8, Windows 7, XP, 2000 or Vista. It boots native, open source GNU grub version 2.00 code. Everything is contained in one 7 MB...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • BURG

    burg is a brand-new boot loader based on GRUB . It uses a new object format which allows it to be built in a wider range of OS, including Linux/Windows/OSX/FreeBSD, etc. It also has a highly...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • Discontinued The project is no longer maintained. Last version, released on 18 October 2010, can be still downloaded from Google Code.
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    BellaVista

    Many system developers complain about repetitive settings of their testing Windows workstations to make them usable for testing software. Number of dialogs you need to go through is bigger on Windows Vista or newer, where the...

    Free Windows

  • Extended Operating System Loader icon

    Extended Operating System Loader

    Written in C++ and licensed under GNU GPL, XOSL (eXtended Operating System Loader) is a user-friendly, window-based graphical boot manager handling large disks and over 30 different operating systems. Some features... -...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued Since XOSL is no longer maintained, but still usable, a modified version has stemmed form the original one: see https://sourceforge.net/projects/xosl2/
  • Chimera icon

    Chimera

    Chimera is a Hackintosh bootloader that merges the best features from various branches of Chameleon bootloader, into a new branch based on the latest Chameleon 2.0 RC5 trunk version. It is designed for maximum compatibility across...

    Open Source Mac

  • Chameleon Bootloader icon

    Chameleon Bootloader

    Chameleon is a boot loader for Mac OS X. It seems that standard boot loaders for Mac OS X either lack many cool features, or have many cool features, but are closed-sourced. With Chameleon you can have all benefits of features...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • rEFIt icon

    rEFIt

    rEFIt is a boot menu and maintenance toolkit for EFI-based machines like the Intel Macs. You can use it to boot multiple operating systems easily, including triple-boot setups with Boot Camp. It also provides an easy way to enter and...

    Open Source Mac

    • Discontinued rEFIt is no longer maintained since 2013. The author suggested to check out http://alternativeto.net/software/refind/ , a fork of the original program.
  • Linux Loader icon

    Linux Loader

    The development of LILO as classic bootloader for GNU/Linux systems was restarted in June 2010. Because of the simpleness LILO has some advantages comparing with Grub and Grub2. But nowadays LILO is not the bootloader for all...

    Open Source Linux

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  • Partita 2000

    Partita 2000 is a tiny boot manager with a Y2K patch for old BIOSes. It features a timed autoboot and can automatically change partition type to hidden for selected partitions when loading a given OS.

    Free Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer updated. Last version can be still downloaded from the official website, in the Early Work section.
  • Dabid's Multiboot

    Dabid's Multiboot is a GUI substitute for bootcfg, popular in France. This tool works as a simplified editor for the boot.ini file (where settings for WinNT built-in boot loader NTLDR are stored); as such it can boot a...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued
  • Yaboot

    Yaboot is a PowerPC bootloader for Open Firmware based machines including New World Apple Macintosh, IBM RS/6000, IBM pSeries and IBM OpenPower machines.

    Open Source Linux