Alternatives to VirtualBox for all platforms with any license

  • VMware Workstation icon

    VMware Workstation

    Discover the true power and flexibility of your desktop or laptop computer with VMware Workstation. Reduce hardware costs by 50% or...

    Commercial Windows Linux

  • VMware Workstation Player icon

    VMware Workstation Player

    VMware Workstation Player builds on the industry leading foundation of Workstation Pro, and delivers a streamlined user interface for...

    Free Personal Windows Linux

  • QEMU icon


    QEMU (short for "Quick EMUlator") is a free and open-source hosted hypervisor that performs hardware virtualization. QEMU...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Parallels Desktop icon

    Parallels Desktop

    Parallels Desktop gives Mac users the ability to run Windows, Linux or any other operating system and their critical applications at...

    Commercial Mac

  • Xen icon

    Xen, home of the Xen hypervisor, the powerful open source industry standard for virtualization. It is a native (bare-metal)...

    Open Source Linux

  • VMware Fusion icon

    VMware Fusion

    Seamlessly run your favorite Windows applications and devices, on any Intel-based Mac. Built from the ground up for the Mac, VMware...

    Commercial Mac

  • VMware vSphere Hypervisor icon

    VMware vSphere Hypervisor

    VMware vSphere Hypervisor ( based on ESXi ) is a free bare-metal hypervisor that virtualizes servers so you can consolidate your...

    Free Windows Linux

  • virt-manager icon


    The virt-manager application is a desktop user interface for managing virtual machines through libvirt. It primarily targets KVM VMs...

    Open Source Linux

  • Portable Virtualbox icon

    Portable Virtualbox

    Portable-VirtualBox is a free and open source software tool that lets you run any operating system from a usb stick without separate...

    Free Windows

  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server icon

    Microsoft Hyper-V Server

    Microsoft® Hyper-V™ Server 2008 R2 is a stand-alone product that provides a reliable and optimized virtualization solution...

    Commercial Windows Linux

    • hyper-v server is a complete os in command line with a virtualisation tool (hyper-v)
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  • Boxes icon


    A simple GNOME 3 application to access remote or virtual systems. It is based on a design from Jon McCann and Jakub Steiner.

    Open Source Linux

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  • Citrix XenServer icon

    Citrix XenServer

    XenServer is a turnkey open source virtualization solution that provides out-of-the box virtualization and cloud computing. XenServer...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • MobaLiveCD icon


    MobaLiveCD is a freeware that will run your Linux LiveCD on Windows thanks to the excellent emulator called "Qemu". ...

    Open Source Windows

  • clearVM icon


    clearVM, formerly Witsbits, enables you to set up your servers with virtualization and deploy virtual machines faster than ever...

    Commercial Web / Cloud

  • OpenVZ icon


    OpenVZ is container-based virtualization for Linux. OpenVZ creates multiple secure, isolated Linux containers (otherwise known as...

    Open Source Linux

  • UCS Virtual Machine Manager icon

    UCS Virtual Machine Manager

    UCS Virtual Machine Manager (UVMM) is an easy-to-use and powerful administration tool for KVM. It virtualizes Microsoft Windows...

    Open Source Linux Univention Corporate Server

  • JPC icon


    PC is the fast Java™ x86 PC emulator. Features: - 100% pure Java - Runs as an applet - Modular and customisable - ...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud

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  • BitBox icon


    The Virtual Environment for secured and comfortable Web Browsing: On the basis of a “Browser-in-the-Box” concept a virtual machine is...

    Free Windows Linux

  • bhyve icon


    bhyve (pronounced "bee hive", formerly written as BHyVe) is a type-2 hypervisor that runs on FreeBSD.

    Open Source BSD FreeBSD

  • bochs icon


    Bochs is a highly portable open source IA-32 (x86) PC emulator written in C++, that runs on most popular platforms. It includes...

    Open Source Windows Linux AmigaOS MorphOS

  • AQEMU icon


    AQEMU is GUI to QEMU and KVM emulators, written in Qt4. The program have user-friendly interface and allows to set up the majority...

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • PetiteCloud

    PetiteCloud is a HyperVisor frontend for BSD. It has the following features: Support for bhyve (including linux support) and...

    Open Source BSD

  • Q (kju) icon

    Q (kju)

    Q is a free emulator software that runs on Mac OS X, including OS X on PowerPC. Q is Mike Kronenberg's port of the open source and...

    Open Source Mac

  • QEMU Manager icon

    QEMU Manager Discontinued

    Qemu Manager is an easy to use management tool for the open-source QEMU emulator. It has a wealth of features for creating, managing...

    Free Windows

  • VMWare Disk Mount icon

    VMWare Disk Mount

    The VMWare Disk Mount utility allows you to mount a VMDK file as a drive. VMWARE distributes a command line utility with no graphical...

    Free Windows

  • VMX Builder icon

    VMX Builder

    VMX Builder is an application for creating vmx (VMware virtual machine configuration) and vmdk (VMware virtual hard disk) files.

    Free Windows

  • Paragon Virtualization Manager icon

    Paragon Virtualization Manager

    A powerful tool to help you easily migrate a Windows-based computer to a virtual environment (P2V) of a major virtualization software...

    Commercial Windows

  • Qtemu icon


    QtEmu is a graphical user interface for QEMU.

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD

  • VMLite XP Mode icon

    VMLite XP Mode

    VMLite XP Mode offers similar functions as Microsoft Windows XP Mode, but doesn't require hardware virtualization. It allows you...

    Commercial Windows

  • FAUMachine icon


    FAUmachine is a virtual machine, similar in many respects to VMWare[tm], QEMU or Virtual PC[tm]. What distinguishes FAUmachine from...

    Open Source Linux

  • Parallels Workstation icon

    Parallels Workstation Discontinued

    + Professional-grade Virtualization for PCs: Simultaneously run a wide variety of Windows versions, Linux distributions, web stacks...

    Commercial Windows Linux

  • JavaQemu

    JavaQemu is a Graphical User Interface Front End for QEMU, written in Java.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • VMLite Workstation icon

    VMLite Workstation

    VMLite Workstation is a virtualization component, that allows you to run more than one operating system (OS) at the same time on a...

    Commercial Windows

  • VMLite MyOldPCs icon

    VMLite MyOldPCs

    Here are the simple steps it takes to have your old PC up and running in your new PC, using VMLite: * Get an external hard drive...

    Commercial Windows

VirtualBox Comments

I like it

Comment by rafaellabertonili27
about VirtualBox Oct 2016

I like it but I have had some problems when using it in my laptop, It makes everything work slower but still the best way to get a virtual machine to work.


works fine

Comment by sophiaschuler600
about VirtualBox Aug 2016

i think this works just fine considering it's free. I really don't think vmware is worth it.


VirtualBOX vs VMware

Comment by vmwarecoupon
about VirtualBox Apr 2016

So the question is in the title who is better VirtualBOX or the latest version of VMware Workstation 12? There are lots of so called independent labs and reviews on big websites but you know I don't trust them because they most look like an advertisement. Checking the answer on smaller websites has found this one and at least found that VMware Workstation wins in performance in comparison with VirtualBox.


there are not so many alternatives for this....

Comment by ParisFitts
about VirtualBox Jan 2016

there are not so many alternatives for this and i have really been using this for a long time now and it really works great, i try everthing here first and it's good, i recomend it


it works for me

Positive Comment by gregzaid
about VirtualBox Jan 2016

i really like this, helps a lot when i have to try something new i always do it in my vb first


Works great considering it's free - not many other options outside of built in windows or pay for vmware

Positive Comment by girlwiththenerdytattoo
about VirtualBox Oct 2015

Works great - not many other options outside of built in windows or pay for vmware


With update it now works well on Mac

Positive Comment by Thelle
about VirtualBox Aug 2013

With the recent update I find that VirtualBox now works well on Mac OSX, though some features like clipboard sharing between host and guest OS still lacks..


Best application

Positive Comment by Hoek
about VirtualBox Jan 2013

The best virtualization application ever. There is no other so good like this.


Needs more improvement

Comment by Eostyx
about VirtualBox Feb 2012

Just as a performance gripe, it has this noticeable lag every second or so. I would only use this to test very basic things or to observe different operating systems. Otherwise, just install the OS on another petition. Experience it in it's glory, get drivers and stop the lag.

VirtualBox Oracle, if you can improve the performance limitations I would call this perfect for new users. Till then...


VirtualBox is great. Use it regularly to test software out ...

Comment by JohnTucker
about VirtualBox Jun 2011

VirtualBox is great. Use it regularly to test software out so I do not have to worry about corrupting my primary desktop. Has saved me a couple times from bad installs / uninstalls.


VirtualBox portable is not easy to use

Comment by em4020
about VirtualBox Jun 2011

VirtualBox portable isn't made by Oracle and isn't easy to use

@JonM33: I aggree with you: VirtualBox portable isn't made by Oracle. However, I and many other people are looking for a portable VM-app. Many persons report, that it is possible to work with "VirtualBox portable" on Vista business 64 bit, downloaded from and/or . This VirtualBox portable is not very easy to use, but it is not far away to run as a VirtualBox portable. Maybe a new version can make the usage easier. So I would prefer to maintain the tags and metatag "portable" with an information:
"Portable VBox isn't made by Oracle. The portable 64bit-Version seems to work only with a parallel original VirtualBox Desktop installation."


LogMeIn+Virtualbox=trippin' j ...

Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about VirtualBox Jun 2011


I just had to try that. :D


Amazing program that I have been using for years, since it ...

Comment by JonM33
about VirtualBox Jun 2011

Amazing program that I have been using for years, since it was made by innotek GmbH. Sun Microsystems improved on it quite a bit and now it is owned by Oracle. Does everything I need for a virtual solution. It even supports 3D! I test Linux distros on a Windows 7 host and all Compiz functionality is there. You can even run them in Fullscreen Mode, so it looks exactly as it would if it were installed on your PC.


I love this app... I've been using it on my Macbook Pro and ...

Comment by calavera
about VirtualBox Jun 2011

I love this app... I've been using it on my Macbook Pro and it runs windows 7 FLAWLESSLY. I also have an Ubuntu drupal quickstart distro running and so far I've encountered zero problems with any of the OS'es.