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    CrossOver Alternatives

    CrossOver is described as 'allows you to install many popular Windows applications and games on your Intel OS X Mac or Linux computer' and is a popular compatibility layer tool in the os & utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to CrossOver for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, Windows, Wine and BSD. The best alternative is Wine, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like CrossOver are Lutris, PlayOnLinux - PlayOnMac, Proton and Bottles.

    CrossOver is mainly a Compatibility Layer Tool but alternatives to it may also be Android Emulators or Virtualization Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of CrossOver.
    This page was last updated May 15, 2022
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    CrossOver allows you to install many popular Windows applications and games on your Intel OS X Mac or Linux computer.
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      Wine is a free, open source application for running Windows software on operating systems that are normally not supported. With Wine, you can install and run these applications just like you would in Windows.
      Almost everyone thinks Wine is a great alternative to CrossOver.
    1. Lutris is an open source gaming platform for GNU/Linux. It allows you to gather and manage (install, configure and launch) all your games acquired from any source, in a single interface.

    2. PlayOnLinux is a graphical frontend for the Wine software compatibility layer which allows Linux and Mac users to install Windows-based video games, Microsoft Office (2000 to 2010), Microsoft Internet Explorer, as well as many other applications.
      Most users think PlayOnLinux - PlayOnMac is a great alternative to CrossOver.
    3. Proton is a tool for use with the Steam client which allows games which are exclusive to Windows to run on Linux kernel and macOS operating systems.
    4. Bottles is an application designed for elementary OS (but works on all GNU/Linux distributions), which helps in managing wineprefix.

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      Pegasus is a graphical frontend for browsing your game library (especially retro games) and launching them from one place. It's focusing on customizability, cross platform support (including embedded devices) and high performance.
    5. 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 macOS. Parallels Desktop is optimized for Intel and Apple M1 chip.
      Parallels Desktop vs CrossOver opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Parallels Desktop is still a legitimate alternative to CrossOver, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      CrossOver emulates windows application layer. parallels creates a fully virtualised machine and requires Windows installation, like if it was a physical computer.
      Negative comment over 6 years ago

      This is a virtualization tool, not a compatibility layer
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

    6. The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a new Windows 10 feature that enables you to run native Linux command-line tools directly on Windows, alongside your traditional Windows desktop and modern store apps.
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    7. Run macOS applications on Linux.
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    8. WineBottler is an App to manage and wrap your Windows apps into convenient OS X apps. WineBottler helps you with running Windows programs on OS X.


      The application has not been updated for almost three years:,

      It also does not support the latest versions of macOS:

      WineBottler vs CrossOver opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It's much more complicated than Crossover. CrossOver is simple to use and WineBottler is much more complicated
      Negative comment almost 5 years ago

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