Open Source Parallels Desktop Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Parallels Desktop is VirtualBox, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Parallels Desktop and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Parallels Desktop are Wine (Free, Open Source), QEMU (Free, Open Source), Proton (Free, Open Source) and virt-manager (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 17, 2021

    1. 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.
      JohnFastman Unlike Parallels, Virtualbox is free, open source and runs natively on Windows, Mac and Linux. What's not to like?
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      ChristianFerretti free, lighter, even if less simple to use
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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      • 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.


    2. QEMU (short for "Quick EMUlator") is a free and open-source hosted hypervisor that performs hardware virtualization.
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    3. 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.
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    4. 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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    5. 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.
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    6. A simple GNOME application to view, access, and manage remote and virtual systems.
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    7. AQEMU is GUI to QEMU and KVM emulators, written in Qt4. The program have user-friendly interface and allows to set up the majority of QEMU and KVM …
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    8. Darling — macOS translation layer for Linux Fast Darling runs macOS software directly without using a hardware emulator. Free Like Linux, Darling is free and open-source software. It is developed openly on GitHub and distributed under the GNU GPL license version 3.
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      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • AmigaOS
      • MorphOS
      Bochs is a highly portable open source IA-32 (x86) PC emulator written in C++, that runs on most popular platforms. It includes emulation of the Intel x86 CPU, common I/O devices, and a custom BIOS.
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