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QEMU Alternatives

QEMU is described as '(short for "Quick EMUlator") is a free and open-source hosted hypervisor that performs hardware virtualization' and is a very popular Virtualization tool in the network & admin category. There are more than 25 alternatives to QEMU for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Online / Web-based, Android and Mac. The best alternative is VirtualBox, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like QEMU are VMware Workstation Pro, Anbox, KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) and VMware Workstation Player.

QEMU alternatives are mainly Virtualization Tools but may also be Web Browsers or Android Emulators. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of QEMU.
This page was last updated Jun 29, 2022
  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • BSD

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

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  1. 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 vs QEMU opinions
    Almost everyone thinks VirtualBox is a great alternative to QEMU.

    Slower and older, though a good emulator still this one is better

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  2. VMware Workstation Pro Lets You Run Multiple Operating Systems as Virtual Machines (including Windows VMs) on a Single Windows or Linux PC.

  3. Anbox puts Android into a container and every Android application will be integrated with your operating system. Any Android version is suitable for this approach and try to keep up with the latest version from the Android Open Source Project.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. OpenStack

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    OpenStack OpenStack is a global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists producing the ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds.

  7. 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.

  8. Windows Sandbox

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

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

  9. 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.


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

  10. bhyve

    • FreeOpen Source
    • BSD
    • FreeBSD

    bhyve (pronounced "bee hive", formerly written as BHyVe) is a type-2 hypervisor that runs FreeBSD 9+, OpenBSD, Linux and MS Window desktop (versions Vista, 7, 8/8.1/8.

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