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Lima is described as 'launches Linux virtual machines on macOS, with automatic file sharing, port forwarding, and containerd' and is a Virtualization tool in the network & admin category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Lima for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, BSD, Mac and Android. The best alternative is VirtualBox, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Lima are QEMU, VMware Workstation Pro, Proxmox Virtual Environment and KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine).

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

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  1. VirtualBox icon

    VirtualBox

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Solaris
    60 alternatives to VirtualBox 

    VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as...

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    1.  LightweightVirtualBox consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Container VirtualizationVirtualBox can make use of isolated user spaces called "containers" to run applications.
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    QEMU

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    42 alternatives to QEMU 

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

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    1.  PortableQEMU can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  Support for scriptingQEMU supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    3.  LightweightQEMU consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  Command line interfaceQEMU either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    Hardware Configuration of a VMware machine


  3. VMware Workstation Pro icon

    VMware Workstation Pro

    • Windows
    • Linux
    39 alternatives to VMware Workstation Pro 

    VMware Workstation Pro Lets You Run Multiple Operating Systems as Virtual Machines (including Windows VMs) on a Single Windows or Linux PC. VMware Workstation Pro is the industry standard for running multiple operating systems as virtual machines (VMs) on a single Linux or...

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    Proxmox Virtual Environment

    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    40 alternatives to Proxmox Virtual Environment 

    Proxmox Virtual Environment is a complete and easy to use Open Source virtualization platform for running Virtual Appliances and Virtual Machines. Proxmox VE tightly integrates KVM hypervisor and LXC containers, software-defined storage and networking functionality on a single...

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    1.  Container VirtualizationProxmox Virtual Environment can make use of isolated user spaces called "containers" to run applications.
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  5. KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) icon

    KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine)

    • Linux
    • Android
    39 alternatives to KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) 

    KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V). It consists of a loadable kernel module, kvm.

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsKVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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  6. VMware Workstation Player icon

    VMware Workstation Player

    • Windows
    • Linux
    38 alternatives to VMware Workstation Player 

    VMware Workstation Player builds on the industry leading foundation of Workstation Pro, and delivers a streamlined user interface for creating and running operating systems and applications in a virtual machine.

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    virt-manager

    • Linux
    • BSD
    26 alternatives to virt-manager 

    The virt-manager application is a desktop user interface for managing virtual machines through libvirt. It primarily targets KVM VMs, but also manages Xen and LXC (linux containers). It presents a summary view of running domains, their live performance & resource utilization...

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    1.  Container Virtualizationvirt-manager can make use of isolated user spaces called "containers" to run applications.
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  8. Parallels Desktop icon

    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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    Windows Sandbox

    52 alternatives to Windows Sandbox 

    a new lightweight desktop environment tailored for safely running applications in isolation.

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    1.  Container VirtualizationWindows Sandbox can make use of isolated user spaces called "containers" to run applications.
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    Boxes

    • Linux
    • BSD
    21 alternatives to Boxes 

    A simple GNOME application to access virtual systems. It is based on a design from Jon McCann and Jakub Steiner.

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    1.  LightweightBoxes consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  PortableBoxes can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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