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Free CrossOver Alternatives

The best free alternative to CrossOver is Wine, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to CrossOver and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to CrossOver are Lutris, PlayOnLinux - PlayOnMac, Proton and Bottles.

CrossOver alternatives are mainly Compatibility Layer Tools but may also be Game Library Managers or Virtualization Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of CrossOver.
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  1. Wine icon

    Wine

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD

    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.

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    Almost everyone thinks Wine is a great alternative to CrossOver.
  2. Lutris icon

    Lutris

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Online

    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.

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  3. PlayOnLinux - PlayOnMac icon

    PlayOnLinux - PlayOnMac

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Wine
    • FreeBSD

    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.

    Is this a good alternative?
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    Most users think PlayOnLinux - PlayOnMac is a great alternative to CrossOver.
  4. Proton icon

    Proton

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Steam

    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.

    Is this a good alternative?
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  5. Bottles icon

    Bottles

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Bottles is an application designed for elementary OS (but works on all GNU/Linux distributions), which helps in managing wineprefix.

    Is this a good alternative?
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    Pegasus

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Raspberry Pi

    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.

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  7. 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.

    Is this a good alternative?
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    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.

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    This is a virtualization tool, not a compatibility layer

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  8. Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    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.

    Is this a good alternative?
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    No
  9. Darling icon

    Darling

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Run macOS applications on Linux.

    Is this a good alternative?
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    No
  10. WineBottler icon

    WineBottler

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Wine

    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.

    Discontinued

    The application has not been updated for almost three years: https://bitbucket.org/winebottler/winebottler/src/master/, https://bitbucket.org/winebottler/winebottler/src/master/It also does not support the latest versions of macOS: https://www.reddit.com/r/winehq/comments/j43ziq/comment/g7gqpk5/

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    WineBottler vs CrossOver opinions
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    It's much more complicated than Crossover. CrossOver is simple to use and WineBottler is much more complicated

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