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Darling Alternatives

Darling is described as 'Run macOS applications on Linux' and is a compatibility layer tool in the os & utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Darling for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Linux, Windows, Wine and Android. The best alternative is Wine, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Darling are Proton, PlayOnLinux - PlayOnMac, Parallels Desktop and CrossOver.

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

    Wine

    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    27 alternatives to Wine 

    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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    Proton

    • Linux
    • Steam
    26 alternatives to Proton 

    Proton is a tool for use with the Steam client which allows games which are exclusive to Windows to run on Linux kernel operating system. It uses Wine to facilitate this.

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    PlayOnLinux - PlayOnMac

    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Wine
    • FreeBSD
    36 alternatives to PlayOnLinux - PlayOnMac 

    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.

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    1.  Ad-freePlayOnLinux - PlayOnMac doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    Parallels Desktop

    47 alternatives to 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 macOS. Parallels Desktop is optimized for Intel and Apple M1 chip.

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    Darling is for Mac apps to work on Linux (similar to Wine). Parallels is a virtual Machine that works on Macs only to run other Operating systems, such as windows or linux.

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    CrossOver

    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Chrome OS
    27 alternatives to CrossOver 

    CrossOver allows you to install many popular Windows applications and games on your Intel OS X Mac or Linux computer.

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    Windows Subsystem for Linux

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    19 alternatives to Windows Subsystem for Linux 

    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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    1.  Command line interfaceWindows Subsystem for Linux either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    VMware Fusion

    39 alternatives to 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 you, making the most of your Windows software...

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    Q4wine

    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Wine
    22 alternatives to Q4wine 

    Q4Wine is a qt4 GUI for wine that will help you manage wine prefixes and installed applications

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    1.  Windows Explorer ExtensionQ4wine can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
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      Windows Subsystem for Android

      33 alternatives to Windows Subsystem for Android 

      Windows Subsystem for Android or WSA is a virtual machine powered by Hyper-V to run Android apps on Windows 11 OS. Although it requires Amazon Appstore to install Android apps on your computer, WSA is the required component you must have on your PC.

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      WineBottler

      • Mac
      • Wine
      22 alternatives to WineBottler 

      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.

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      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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