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What are the best Barrier alternatives?

Barrier is described as 'cross-platform software utility for sharing your mouse and keyboard between multiple computers on your desk. It was forked from Synergy version 1.9's codebase' and is a popular Mouse Sharing utility in the os & utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Barrier for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. The best alternative is Synergy. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Mouse without Borders or Logitech Options. Other great apps like Barrier are ShareMouse, Input Director, Multiplicity and Apple Universal Control.

Barrier alternatives are mainly Mouse Sharing Utilities but may also be Keyboard Sharing Utilities or Remote Desktop Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Barrier.
This page was last updated Apr 1, 2022
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Barrier is a cross-platform software utility for sharing your mouse and keyboard between multiple computers on your desk....

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  1. Synergy combines your desktop devices together in to one cohesive experience. It's software for sharing your mouse and keyboard between multiple computers on your desk. It works on Windows, macOS and Linux.

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    Almost everyone thinks Synergy is a great alternative to Barrier.
    IanDorfman

    As Barrier is forked from earlier versions of Synergy, there is naturally a lot of feature set overlap. Whereas Barrier is focused on simplicity and ease of use, Synergy includes more robust features, including advanced settings for network, hotkeys, layout, security and diagnostics.

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  2. Mouse Without Borders allows you to reach across your PC's as if they were part of one single desktop. Using Mouse Without Borders you can move your mouse between the 3 or more screens, even though one of them is attached to a different PC from the other two.

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    Viable as a Windows alternative to Barrier, though it is not supported on other platforms, nor is it open source. As it was developed by an employee of Microsoft and is available via the official Microsoft website, it may be easier to access in the face of Internet firewalls that block websites strictly.

    Additionally, it supports 32-bit versions of Windows, which Barrier does not.

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  3. Move the mouse to the monitor of the computer you wish to control and the pointer magically jumps to that computer. Any mouse and keyboard input is transmitted to the corresponding computer.

  4. Input Director is a Windows application that lets you control multiple Windows systems using the keyboard/mouse attached to one computer. It is designed for folks who have two (or more) computers set up at home and find themselves regularly sliding from one system to the other.

  5. Customisation of Logitech mouse or keyboard settings, device information, additional functionality such as sharing input devices over multiple computers.



  6. Multiplicity enables a user to control multiple computers with one keyboard and mouse. Multiplicity is installed on networked PCs to create a virtual KVM switch with two modes of operation.

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  8. GiMeSpace KVMShare Pro is one of the very few real KVM software sollutions that not only shares mouse and keyboard but really allows you to share video in the form of windows on the screen of connected computers while using minimal bandwidth.

  9. x2vnc (win2vnc)

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    This program will let you use two screens on two different computers as if they were connected to the same computer.

    Discontinued

    The project is no longer developed but the program is still downloadable and working

  10. Win2VNC

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    This program will let you use two screens on two different computers as if they were connected to the same computer. It even works between different operating systems.

    Discontinued

    Last Update: 2015-09-23, see https://sourceforge.net/projects/win2vnc/

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