Alternatives to VMware Workstation for all platforms with any license

  • VirtualBox icon


    VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Solaris

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • MobaLiveCD icon


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

    Open Source Windows

  • OpenVZ icon


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

    Open Source Linux

  • 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

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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

  • bhyve icon


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

    Open Source BSD FreeBSD

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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

  • 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

  • GDaaS icon


    GDaaS is GPU Desktop-as-a-Service. A Cloud Platform that deploys powerful vGPU-accelerated cloud desktops delivering mobility and...

    Commercial Windows

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • VMmanager icon


    VMmanager creates and manages virtual machines which can be used by the VMware-Player. The program generates all required VMX- and...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • 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...

    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

  • 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

  • RVTools icon


    RVTools is a small .NET 2.0 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual machines. Interacting with...

    Free Windows

VMware Workstation Comments

Still #1 for me

Positive Comment by nowshad78
about VMware Workstation and VirtualBox Feb 2016

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…

Comment by adamlogan
about VMware Workstation Oct 2015

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.