Alternatives to VMware Workstation for all platforms with any license



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    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...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Solaris

    • It works and crashes less then some of the virtualisation software I have used and it's free. Guest • Jul 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • QEMU icon


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

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    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...

    Commercial Mac

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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...

    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...

    Open Source Windows

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    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...

    Open Source Windows Linux AmigaOS MorphOS

  • MobaLiveCD icon


    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...

    Open Source Windows

  • OpenVZ icon


    OpenVZ is container-based virtualization for Linux. OpenVZ creates multiple secure, isolated Linux containers (otherwise known as VEs or VPSs) on a single physical...

    Open Source Linux

  • 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

  • bhyve icon


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

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web

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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...

    Free Windows

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

    Open Source Linux Univention Corporate Server

VMware Workstation Comments

Still #1 for me

about VMware Workstation and VirtualBox · ·

I've been using VMware for almost two years now for testing and several other things. So far, it has worked wonders on me. It is powerful, fast and efficient at getting the job done, and saves me from botching up my own computer while I run tests and download new programs. The cost might dissaude a lot of people from using it but the performance is far superior. Tried Virtual box but found it to be less intuitive and made my computer's performance decrease a bit and get laggy.


Not available on the mac…

about VMware Workstation and VirtualBox · ·

I suppose what virtual machine software is best to use depends a lot on what your host OS is and your objective. As a casual home user, on the mac, VMWare Workstation isn't even available whereas Virtualbox is cross platform beinv available on Windows, Mac and Linux.

Virtualbox works like a dream on mac osx. The one glaring thing it doesn't excel at yet is OSX guests (on a mac host), but I think it's around the corner. Waiting for guest additions to work for 10.11 El Capitan, once that's in there things will be pretty effin sweet. I especially appreciate being able to mount host devices in the guest machine (like usb, bluetooth accesories etc).

If you're on Windows or Linux, IDK, maybe VMWareWorkstation would be worth the cash, although I don't know why, I've not found virtualbox to be lacking. Although I shudder to think of trying to use the command line tools with Virtualbox in a Windows host environment (which is sometimes neccesary to resize or shrink disks) with CYGWIN or something, yuck.

For a first time home user I'd definitely get started with virtualbox, it's a very complete software considering it's free. I think enterprise would pay for expert support maybe.


Crashing lately

Comment by DamianN
about VMware Workstation and VirtualBox · Mar 2015 ·

I prefer it to Virtualbox, much easier to use and user friendly but I find v11.0 to be crashing and lagging a lot lately.


Yes, free is always good but not necessarily better. It all ...

Comment by OSienna
about VMware Workstation · Jun 2011 ·

Yes, free is always good but not necessarily better. It all depends on what you want to do with virtual machines and whether the product provides you with the mandatory features that you seek. VMware Workstation is geared towards developers, testers, trainers and people who just want to tinker with operating systems and environments.

Considering all the additional features you get over other alternatives, $189 (heaps cheaper for students, educational institutions etc) may not be a lot of outlay if it saves you time and effort.


The information of zzzcrash "VB guest OSs can only use one ...

Comment by em4020
about VMware Workstation · Jun 2011 ·

The information of zzzcrash "VB guest OSs can only use one processor" is wrong:
If you configure a Virtual Box VM you can choose much more than one processor, see the screenshot in and the help information of the VirtualBox:
"Starting with version 3.0, VirtualBox supports symmetrical multiprocessing (SMP) and can present up to 32 virtual CPU cores to each virtual machine. You should not, however, configure virtual machines to use more CPU cores than you have available physically."
I know both VMware Player and Sun VirtualBox, but Virtual Box is in my opinion more user-friendly than VMware Player.
In comparison Virtualbox has the advantage of its many languages, better commented configuration, quicker installation and quicker running of guest OS's and its applications, see .
Additional VMware Player requires 3.5 times as much space on the hard disk as Sun VirtualBox:
VMware Player 361 MB, Sun VirtualBox only 102 MB, see


Tough to give VMWare the edge over Virtualbox, considering ...

Comment by zzzcrash
about VMware Workstation · Jun 2011 ·

Tough to give VMWare the edge over Virtualbox, considering that VMWare costs money, but there's no doubt that VMWare is better. Guest OSs can utilize my dual-processor (VB guest OSs can only use one), and I think it's a little more user-friendly. Virtualbox is a great free alternative, though: wouldn't shell out the money for VMWare unless the difference between the two is that important to you.


No doubts Virtual box (SunMicrosystem develeloped) is the b ...

Comment by danny0085
about VMware Workstation · Jun 2011 ·

No doubts Virtual box (SunMicrosystem develeloped) is the best alternative to VMware here you can try the latest version


No comments. VMware is just the #1 virtualization platform ...

Comment by denisab85
about VMware Workstation · Jun 2011 ·

No comments. VMware is just the #1 virtualization platform both in the Linux & Windows worlds.