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Free Parallels Desktop Alternatives

The best free alternative to Parallels Desktop is VirtualBox, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Parallels Desktop and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Parallels Desktop are Wine, Proton, QEMU and VMware Workstation Player.

Parallels Desktop alternatives are mainly Virtualization Tools but may also be Compatibility Layer Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Parallels Desktop.
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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 Parallels Desktop.
    rivolta8959

    I like it because it's FOSS, however, it's really glitchy. It has a lot of display issues with my guest OSs (screen flickering, black screen).

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    JohnFastman

    Unlike Parallels, Virtualbox is free, open source and runs natively on Windows, Mac and Linux. What's not to like?

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    ChristianFerretti

    free, lighter, even if less simple to use

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    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 Parallels Desktop.


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    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 operating system. It uses Wine to facilitate this.

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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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    VMware Workstation Player

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    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).

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    Boxes

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

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

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  8. Windows Sandbox icon

    Windows Sandbox

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

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

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  9. VMware Fusion icon

    VMware Fusion

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac

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

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    Portable Virtualbox

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Portable-VirtualBox is a free and open source software tool that lets you run any operating system from a usb stick without separate installation. It unpacks and adjusts the paths and configuration of VirtualBox so it will run portably.

    Discontinued

    It has not been updated since 2017 and does not work with any version of Virtualbox beyond v5.1.22.

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