virt-manager Alternatives for Mac

    virt-manager is not available for Mac but there are some alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. 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 virt-manager and seven of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to virt-manager are Vagrant (Free, Open Source), Parallels Desktop (Paid), Apache Mesos (Free, Open Source) and Multipass (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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      VirtualBox vs virt-manager opinions
      This alternative is disputed. VirtualBox is still a legitimate alternative to virt-manager, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      virt-manager is a frontend for KVM and other VM hosts. VirtualBox is a VM host with a built-in frontend
      Negative comment about 6 years ago

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      Type 1 vs Type 2 hypervisor
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • VirtualBox
      • VMware Workstation
      • VMware Fusion
      • FreeBSD
      Create and manage virtualized development environments. Vagrant is a tool for building complete development environments.
      Vagrant vs virt-manager opinions
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      Vagrant is a configuration management platform, whereas virt-manager is a frontend for managing VMs on QEMU/KVM, Xen, and other hypervisors supported by libvirt.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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    2. 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 Mac OS X on any Intel-powered Mac Pro, iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook or MacBook Pro. The subscription includes...
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    3. Apache Mesos is a cluster manager that simplifies the complexity of running applications on a shared pool of servers.
      • 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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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      JavaQemu is a Graphical User Interface Front End for QEMU, written in Java. JavaQemu works with JRE 1.7/1.8 and MS Windows OS. Since version 0.0.4a15, JavaQemu works with JRE 1.6 or Linux OS/Mac OS, too.

      Discontinued

      Website states: "This project is no longer active because I stopped playing with Java since a long time."

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      In the official site it says: This project is active again!
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    4. Lima launches Linux virtual machines on macOS, with automatic file sharing, port forwarding, and containerd. Lima can be considered as a some sort of unofficial "macOS subsystem for Linux", or "containerd for Mac".
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