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Free Unraid Alternatives

The best free alternative to Unraid is Proxmox Virtual Environment, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to Unraid and 18 is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Unraid are OpenMediaVault, TrueNAS, XigmaNAS and Microsoft Hyper-V Server.

Unraid alternatives are mainly NAS Systems but may also be Virtualization Tools or File Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Unraid.
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  1. Proxmox Virtual Environment icon

    Proxmox Virtual Environment

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet

    Proxmox Virtual Environment is a complete and easy to use Open Source virtualization platform for running Virtual Appliances and Virtual Machines.

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    and a virtualization platform, not an operating system for nas.

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  2. OpenMediaVault is the next generation network attached storage (NAS) solution based on Debian Linux. It contains services like SSH, (S)FTP, SMB/CIFS, DAAP media server, RSync, BitTorrent client and many more. It can be enhanced via plugins.

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    OpenMediaVault lacks support for VM orchestration, among probably other things.

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    TrueNAS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted

    TrueNAS (formerly FreeNAS) is an operating system that can be installed on virtually any hardware platform to share data over a network. TrueNAS is the simplest way to create a centralized and easily accessible place for your data.

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    TrueNAS vs Unraid opinions
    Almost everyone thinks TrueNAS is a great alternative to Unraid.
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    Since the previous comment, FreeNAS, now called TrueNAS has added support for VMs and Docker apps (though to setup a Docker environment, you must do so manually.) It has support for a plethora of things that competitors such as unraid does, such as plugins (for instance Plex, Nextcloud, Jenkins, and many others), ZFS, NAS, SMB, iSCSI, etc., and a very nice web GUI.

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    Does not have built in functionality of virtual machines and "Docker" apps.

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  4. XigmaNAS icon

    XigmaNAS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted

    XigmaNAS (formerly NAS4Free) is an embedded Open Source Storage NAS (Network-Attached Storage) distribution based on FreeBSD. This project is a continuation of TrueNAS 7 series project.

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  5. Microsoft Hyper-V Server icon

    Microsoft Hyper-V Server

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Microsoft Hyper-V Server is a free product that delivers enterprise-class virtualization for your datacenter and hybrid cloud.

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    Rockstor

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted

    Rockstor is a free and open source NAS (Network Attached Storage) operating system. It’s a software solution and can be installed on commodity hardware or a hypervisor satisfying minimum system requirements.

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    EasyNAS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Linux kernel

    It uses openSUSE Leap as a base with the Btrfs advanced file system. EasyNAS is managed through a web-based interface and offers such features as on-line growing of file systems, snapshots and copy-on-write.

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    SnapRAID

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Disk array backup with snapshot raid.

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    Citrix Hypervisor

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • RadeonPro
    • NVIDIA vGPU
    • Nvidia Grid
    • AMD MxGPU

    (formerly XenServer) Citrix Hypervisor is a leading virtualization management platform optimized for application, desktop and server virtualization infrastructures.

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    btrfs

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Btrfs is a modern copy on write (CoW) filesystem for Linux aimed at implementing advanced features while also focusing on fault tolerance, repair and easy administration.

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    btrfs vs Unraid opinions
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    unraid is an operating system. btrfs is only a (presumably very good) file system.

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