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QEMU Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to QEMU for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows 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 QEMU and 16 are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to QEMU are VMware Workstation Pro, VMware Workstation Player, Windows Sandbox and Portable Virtualbox.

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
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  • 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.

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    Almost everyone thinks VirtualBox is a great alternative to QEMU.
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    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. 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.

  4. Windows Sandbox

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

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

  5. 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.



  6. QEMU Manager

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Qemu Manager is an easy to use management tool for the open-source QEMU emulator. It has a wealth of features for creating, managing and running multiple virtual machines.

    Discontinued

    The official website is no longer available. Last version, 7.0, released in April 2010, can be still downloaded from Download.com

  7. PearPC

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    PearPC is an architecture-independent PowerPC platform emulator capable of running most PowerPC operating systems, like Mac OS X.

    Discontinued

    Latest version 0.5 (released 13. July 2011)

  8. bochs

    • FreeOpen Source
    • 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.

  9. GreenVBox

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Just a Portable VirtualBox Pack.

  10. 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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