Alternatives to rEFIt for all platforms with any license




Indie / Classic

Other Platforms

  • GRUB icon


    GNU GRUB is a multiboot boot loader. It was derived from GRUB, the GRand Unified Bootloader, which was originally designed and...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD Solaris OpenSolaris

  • EasyBCD icon


    EasyBCD is NeoSmart Technologies multiple award-winning answer to tweaking Windows bootloader. With EasyBCD, almost anything is...

    Free Personal Windows

  • 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...

    Open Source macOS Windows Linux

  • Grub Customizer icon

    Grub Customizer

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

    Open Source Linux

  • rEFInd icon


    rEFInd is a fork of the rEFIt boot manager for computers based on the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) and Unified EFI (UEFI)....

    Free Mac Windows Linux

  • GRUB for DOS icon

    GRUB for DOS

    GRUB for DOS is an universal boot loader based on GNU GRUB. It can boot various OSes (some directly, some using their standard boot...

    Open Source Mac Windows 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...

    Free Windows

  • Grub2Win icon


    Safely dual boot Windows and Linux without touching the Windows MBR. Grub2Win installs to Windows 8, Windows 7, XP, 2000 or Vista....

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • BootIt Bare Metal icon

    BootIt Bare Metal

    BootIt Bare Metal is a boot manager and partition manager software utility. Whither you want to do non-destructive repartitioning or...

    Commercial Windows

  • BURG Discontinued

    burg is a brand-new boot loader based on GRUB . It uses a new object format which allows it to be...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • DualBootPRO icon


    A boot editor for the Windows 7/Vista bootloader. Takes the pain out of BCDEDIT. The logical and easy to use DualBootPRO...

    Commercial Windows

  • 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...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • VMLite VBoot icon

    VMLite VBoot

    VBoot allows you to boot a physical computer from a single virtual disk file in VHD/VMDK/VDI/Raw format. Each file contains a single...

    Commercial Windows Linux

  • bootcfg

    Used to edit boot configuration data on Windows systems. Predecessor of bcdedit. Found on Windows XP and prior versions.

    Commercial Windows

  • Chimera icon


    Chimera is a Hackintosh bootloader that merges the best features from various branches of Chameleon bootloader, into a new branch...

    Open Source Mac

  • 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...

    Open Source Linux

  • OSL2000 Boot Manager icon

    OSL2000 Boot Manager

    OSL2000 is an advanced multi boot manager. Using OSL2000 boot manager, you can directly install, boot and manage upto 100 independent...

    Commercial Windows

  • gummiboot icon

    gummiboot Discontinued

    gummiboot is a simple UEFI boot manager which executes configured EFI images. The default entry is selected by a configured pattern...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Chrome OS BSD

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  • Partita 2000 Discontinued

    Partita 2000 is a tiny boot manager with a Y2K patch for old BIOSes. It features a timed autoboot and can automatically change...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

  • Boot Manager icon

    Boot Manager

    Boot Manager is the first Android Multi-Booter Application! The application installs up to four ROMs to your sdcard and you can keep...

    Freemium Android

  • Yaboot

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

    Open Source Linux

rEFIt Comments

Good and bad at the same time

Comment by mikemabey
about rEFIt and GRUB Nov 2011

While rEFIt helps you be able to boot to multiple OSs with a nice GUI, it does cause one major problem: It completely disables the ability to control the screen brightness in Windows and Linux. As discussed at length in this thread, so many people have had problems with this. While multiple workarounds have been devised for distinct models with varying video cards, almost invariably, those that posted to the forum that are using rEFIt were able to trace things back to it being the source.

A great alternative is GRUB. Tried and true, it may not be as sexy looking, and it may be a little more of a challenge to get it to operate as the system's default boot manager, but it is definitely a good alternative to the problems caused by rEFIt.