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Parallels Desktop Alternatives for Mac

There are many alternatives to Parallels Desktop for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. 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 Parallels Desktop and 17 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Parallels Desktop are Wine, QEMU, CrossOver and VMware Fusion.

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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  • Mac

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  1. VirtualBox icon

    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.

    VirtualBox Manager
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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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  2. Wine icon

    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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    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
  4. CrossOver icon

    CrossOver

    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Chrome OS

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

    Installation on Mac
  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Wineskin Winery icon

    Wineskin Winery

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Wine

    Wineskin is a tool used to make ports of Windows software to Mac OS X. The ports are in the form of normal Mac application bundle wrappers. It works like a wrapper around the Windows software, and you can share just the wrappers if you choose.

    Discontinued

    Hasn't been updated in over 6 years and doesn't work on most modern versions of macOS: https://sourceforge.net/projects/wineskin/, https://github.com/Gcenx/WineskinServer#wineskin

    Main Winery Window
  8. Multipass icon

    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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    Karton

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux

    Run Linux programs on macOS, a different Linux distro, or a different architecture.

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  10. Porting Kit icon

    Porting Kit

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac

    Using Wineskin technology, Porting Kit is a PaulTheTall.com app that can install games and apps compiled for Microsoft Windows® in Mac OS X. It has access to a server where we store WSI files for more than 300 games, which can be installed by any Porting Kit user.

    Skyrim on Porting Kit
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