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KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) Alternatives for Mac

KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is not available for Mac but there are some alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac alternative is VirtualBox, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) and eight of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) are QEMU, VMware Fusion, UTM and PlayCover.

KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) alternatives are mainly Virtualization Tools but may also be Android Emulators or Boot Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine).
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Linux
  • Android

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    VirtualBox

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Solaris

    VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use.

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    Most users think VirtualBox is a great alternative to KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine).
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    QEMU

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    QEMU (short for "Quick EMUlator") is a free and open-source hosted hypervisor that performs hardware virtualization.

    QEMU  with the free OS ReactOS
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    Some users think QEMU is a great alternative to KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine), some don't.

    KVM is a kernel module that QEMU can use to speed up the emulation

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    VMware Fusion

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac

    Seamlessly run your favorite Windows applications and devices, on any Intel-based Mac.

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  4. UTM icon

    UTM

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • iPhone
    • iPad

    UTM is a full featured system emulator and virtual machine host for iOS and macOS. It is based off of QEMU. In short, it allows you to run Windows, Linux, and more on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

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    PlayCover

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac

    PlayCover is a project that allows you to sideload iOS apps on macOS( currently arm, Intel support will be tested. - GitHub - Letscoder/PlayCover: PlayCover is a project that allows you to sideload iOS apps on macOS (currently arm, Intel support will be tested).

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    Multipass

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Multipass is a lightweight VM manager for Linux, Windows and macOS. It's designed for developers who want a fresh Ubuntu environment with a single command. It uses KVM on Linux, Hyper-V on Windows and HyperKit on macOS to run the VM with minimal overhead.

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  7. Lima

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    Lima launches Linux virtual machines on macOS, with automatic file sharing, port forwarding, and containerd.

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    VirtualBuddy

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    VirtualBuddy can virtualize macOS 12 and later on Apple Silicon, with the goal of offering features that are useful to developers who need to test their apps on multiple versions of macOS, especially betas.

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