Alternatives to VMware Workstation Player for all platforms with any license

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  • VirtualBox icon

    VirtualBox

    VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Solaris

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    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...

    Commercial 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

  • 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

  • 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

    • 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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    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

    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, 7.0, released in April 2010, can be still downloaded from Download.com
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    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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    Qtemu

    QtEmu is a graphical user interface for QEMU.

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD

  • 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 vendor, regardless of how or where the computer is being backed up.

    Commercial Windows

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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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    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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    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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    VMmanager

    VMmanager creates and manages virtual machines which can be used by the VMware-Player. The program generates all required VMX- and VMDK-files. Parameters defined within the file 'vmmanager.ini' form the range of functions. ...

    Open Source Windows Linux

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    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 that can hold all the data on your old PC. * Copy a simple MyOldPCs program to the hard drive and...

    Commercial Windows

  • USBFastBoot

    USBFastBoot is a small utility that helps you to quickly test your bootable USBs or disk images. It works for drives (USB, HDD and CD/DVD), ISO (cd image) and IMG (floppy image).

    Free Windows

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    RVTools

    RVTools is a small .NET 2.0 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual machines. Interacting with VirtualCenter 2.x or ESX 3.x RVTools is able to list information about cpu, memory, disks, nics...

    Free Windows

VMware Workstation Player Comments

Forces the user to give email address

Negative Comment by romanunfamilied
about VMware Workstation Player Dec 2016

On first run it forces the user to give their email address for promoting emails...
...so it's unfair, and more importantly, unpleasant.

[Edited by Venom88, December 07]

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Product isn't free anymore

Comment by aaronfranke
about VMware Workstation Player May 2015

VMWare Player has been replaced by Player Pro, the original isn't available anymore.

[Edited by aaronfranke, October 28] The other guy is right, there is also a free version, they decided to split the product.

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I first installed Microsoft Virtual PC, but it didn't work ...

Comment by Thelle
about VMware Workstation Player Jun 2011

I first installed Microsoft Virtual PC, but it didn't work on my computer.. Then I tried VirtualBox - and had the same problem.. VMware Player just worked first time - nice! A "like" from me!

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