86Box Alternatives

    86Box is described as 'hypervisor and IBM PC system emulator that specializes in running old operating systems and software designed for IBM PC systems and compatibles from 1981 through fairly recent system designs based on the PCI bus'. There are five alternatives to 86Box for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, iPhone and BSD. The best alternative is VirtualBox, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like 86Box are PCem (Free, Open Source), UTM (Free, Open Source), pcemu (Free) and Multipass (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Nov 4, 2020

    • VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use.
    • PCem emulates an IBM 5150 PC, several models of clones and successors, along with various graphics adapters, sound devices, and peripherals.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Windows
      • Linux


    • UTM is a full featured virtual machine host for iOS. In short, it allows you to run Windows, Android, and more on your iPhone and iPad.
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      • Free • Open Source
      • iPhone
      • iPad
    • Here you can find the original version of David Hedley's 8086 PC emulator, and my "improved" version.
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      • Free
      • Windows
    • Multipass provides a command line interface to launch, manage and generally fiddle about with instances of Linux.
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      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux