Alternatives to VMware Workstation for all platforms with any license

  • 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...

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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...

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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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    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

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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
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    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.
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    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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    GDaaS

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

    Commercial Windows

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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. ...

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  • 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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    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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    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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 http://alternativeto.net/desktop/virtualbox 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 http://ww1.4hf.de/2008/08/virtualisierung-desktop-virtualisierung-im-vergleich.html .
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 http://screencast.com/t/YjY0ODdkNW

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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.

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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

tips-linux.net/en/content/virtual-box

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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.

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