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 more by running multiple operating systems simultaneously on a single physical PC. Automate and...

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    VMware Workstation Player

    VMware Workstation Player builds on the industry leading foundation of Workstation Pro, and delivers a streamlined user interface for creating and running operating systems and applications in a virtual machine.

    Free Personal Windows Linux

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    QEMU

    QEMU (short for "Quick EMUlator") is a free and open-source hosted hypervisor that performs hardware virtualization. QEMU is a hosted virtual machine monitor: It emulates central processing units through dynamic binary...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • It runs faster than virtualbox using KVM. Also is better suited for production level. Guest • 9 days ago Disagree   Agree
  • KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) icon

    KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine)

    KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V). It consists of a loadable kernel module, kvm.ko, that provides the core...

    Open Source Linux

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  • Xen icon

    Xen

    Xen.org, home of the Xen hypervisor, the powerful open source industry standard for virtualization. It is a native (bare-metal) hypervisor providing services that allow multiple computer operating systems to execute on the same...

    Open Source Linux

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  • 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 the same time as Mac OS X on any Intel-powered Mac Pro, iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook or MacBook Pro.

    Commercial Mac

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  • 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 Fusion is the easiest way to switch to Mac—letting you bring all of your Windows applications with...

    Commercial Mac

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    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 installation. It unpacks and adjusts the paths and configuration of VirtualBox so it will run...

    Free Windows

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  • 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 applications on less hardware.

    Free Windows Linux

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    virt-manager

    The virt-manager application is a desktop user interface for managing virtual machines through libvirt. It primarily targets KVM VMs, but also manages Xen and LXC (linux containers). It presents a summary view of running domains...

    Open Source Linux

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  • 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 enabling organizations to improve server utilization and reduce costs. With the addition of new features...

    Commercial Windows Linux

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    • hyper-v server is a complete os in command line with a virtualisation tool (hyper-v) Guest • Aug 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • Boxes icon

    Boxes

    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 includes the Xen Hypervisor, the enterprise ready XAPI toolstack and integrations for cloud, storage...

    Open Source Windows Linux

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  • BitBox icon

    BitBox

    The Virtual Environment for secured and comfortable Web Browsing: On the basis of a “Browser-in-the-Box” concept a virtual machine is provided with a reduced operating system and a web browser encapsulated therein. Malware can’t thus...

    Free Windows Linux

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    OpenVZ

    OpenVZ is container-based virtualization for Linux. OpenVZ creates multiple secure, isolated Linux containers (otherwise known as VEs or VPSs) on a single physical server enabling better server utilization and ensuring that...

    Open Source Linux

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    MobaLiveCD

    MobaLiveCD is a freeware that will run your Linux LiveCD on Windows thanks to the excellent emulator called "Qemu". MobaLiveCD allows you to test your LiveCD with a single click : after downloading the ISO image file of...

    Open Source Windows

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  • clearVM icon

    clearVM

    clearVM, formerly Witsbits, enables you to set up your servers with virtualization and deploy virtual machines faster than ever before. It’s a complete virtualization solution with a self-upgrading hypervisor and cloud-based...

    Commercial Web / Cloud

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    bochs

    Bochs is a highly portable open source IA-32 (x86) PC emulator written in C++, that runs on most popular platforms. It includes emulation of the Intel x86 CPU, common I/O devices, and a custom BIOS. Currently, Bochs can be compiled to...

    Open Source Windows Linux AmigaOS MorphOS

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  • 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, Univention Corporate Server (UCS) and other Linux distributions by centrally providing all the functions...

    Open Source Linux Univention Corporate Server

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  • JPC icon

    JPC

    PC is the fast Java™ x86 PC emulator. Features: - 100% pure Java - Runs as an applet - Modular and customisable - Snapshot capability - Integrated debugger - Bulletproof security

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud

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    bhyve

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

    Open Source BSD FreeBSD

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    AQEMU

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

    Open Source Linux BSD

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  • PetiteCloud

    PetiteCloud is a HyperVisor frontend for BSD. It has the following features: Support for bhyve (including linux support) and QEMU (software emulation only until the FreeBSD port of kqemu is fixed). Any x86 OS as a guest...

    Open Source BSD

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    FAUMachine

    FAUmachine is a virtual machine, similar in many respects to VMWare[tm], QEMU or Virtual PC[tm]. What distinguishes FAUmachine from these other virtual machines, are the following features: The FAUmachine virtual machine runs as a...

    Open Source Linux

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    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 generic processor emulator QEMU. Q uses Cocoa and other Apple technologies, such as Core Image and...

    Open Source Mac

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  • QEMU Manager icon

    QEMU Manager

    Qemu Manager is an easy to use management tool for the open-source QEMU emulator. It has a wealth of features for creating, managing and running multiple virtual machines. It also allows you to run...

    Free Windows

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    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, 7.0, released in April 2010, can be still downloaded from Download.com
  • 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 interface (GUI). This is the graphical interface for the VMWare Disk Mount. This light-weight tool...

    Free Windows

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  • 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

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  • 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 to run Windows XP at the same time from your desktop running on a different host operating system. ...

    Commercial Windows

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  • Parallels Workstation icon

    Parallels Workstation

    + Professional-grade Virtualization for PCs: Simultaneously run a wide variety of Windows versions, Linux distributions, web stacks, database configurations, and multi-tier cloud environments on a single PC with the power and...

    Commercial Windows Linux

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    • Discontinued The website doesn't exist any more. It's not in the list of products on the home page.
  • JavaQemu

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

    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 operating system. It supports Windows 2000, Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, 2003 Server, 2008 Server...

    Commercial Windows Linux

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    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 single physical computer. For example, you can simultaneously run Windows XP on a PC that is already...

    Commercial Windows

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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..

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Best application

Positive Comment by Hoek
about VirtualBox Jan 2013

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

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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...

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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.

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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 http://www.vbox.me/ and/or http://portable-virtualbox.softonic.de/ . 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."

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LogMeIn+Virtualbox=trippin' http://i.imgur.com/dHRRc.pngI j ...

Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about VirtualBox Jun 2011

LogMeIn+Virtualbox=trippin' http://i.imgur.com/dHRRc.png

I just had to try that. :D

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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.

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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.

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