Best VirtualBox Alternatives

    VirtualBox is described as 'powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use' and is a leading Virtualization App in the Network & Admin category. There are more than 50 alternatives to VirtualBox for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, BSD and Android. The best alternative is VMware Workstation Pro. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try QEMU or KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine). Other great apps like VirtualBox are VMware Workstation Player (Free Personal), Portable Virtualbox (Free, Open Source), virt-manager (Free, Open Source) and Proxmox Virtual Environment (Freemium, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Nov 29, 2021

    1. VMware Workstation Pro Lets You Run Multiple Operating Systems as Virtual Machines (including Windows VMs) on a Single Windows or Linux PC.
      VMware Workstation Pro vs VirtualBox opinions
      Most users think VMware Workstation Pro is a great alternative to VirtualBox.
      Its much more user friendly and pleasant to work with.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      Sunmaster Easy to work with while it is an advanced software. I realy like it and have used it many times.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

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      Expensive. If you want the free version for personal use, go with VMware Workstation Player.
      Top negative comment  almost 2 years ago

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      Very good but very expensive. Instead i'd reccomend VMWare Workstation Player.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      i have no words its best win app
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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      androbuntu very good software for virtualization
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    2. QEMU (short for "Quick EMUlator") is a free and open-source hosted hypervisor that performs hardware virtualization.
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      QEMU vs VirtualBox opinions
      Almost everyone thinks QEMU is a great alternative to VirtualBox.
      It runs faster than virtualbox using KVM. Also is better suited for production level.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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      arpeters It is supported by various frontends such as Virt Manager and AQEMU.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      It also performs hardware visualization
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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      It doesn't have a GUI to manage like Virtualbox or VMware. That's problematic.
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

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    3. 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.
      VMware Workstation Player vs VirtualBox opinions
      Almost everyone thinks VMware Workstation Player is a great alternative to VirtualBox.
      Free and slightly more advanced. Less user friendly than virtualbox but also much more feature rich.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    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.
      Almost everyone thinks KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a great alternative to VirtualBox.
    5. 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.
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      Portable Virtualbox vs VirtualBox opinions
      Some users think Portable Virtualbox is a great alternative to VirtualBox, some don't.
      garnishgamer It is basically VirtualBox for mobile.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    6. The virt-manager application is a desktop user interface for managing virtual machines through libvirt. It primarily targets KVM VMs, but also manages Xen and LXC (linux containers).
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      virt-manager vs VirtualBox opinions
      Almost everyone thinks virt-manager is a great alternative to VirtualBox.
      virt-manager with kvm/libvirtd is as powerfull as virtualbox, but much much more faster.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      arpeters Fully open source alternative to VirtualBox available in Debian repository. I don't trust VirtualBox anymore since it was excluded from Debian main.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      zinz this is not vm but a vm manager.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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    7. 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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    8. 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.
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      Most users think Parallels Desktop is a great alternative to VirtualBox.
    9. A simple GNOME application to access virtual systems. It is based on a design from Jon McCann and Jakub Steiner.
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      Boxes vs VirtualBox opinions
      Most users think Boxes is a great alternative to VirtualBox.
      This is a virtual machine manager, not virtualization software
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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    10. Xen.org, home of the Xen hypervisor, the powerful open source industry standard for virtualization. It is a native (bare-metal) hypervisor providing services that allow multiple computer operating systems to execute on the same computer hardware concurrently.
      Xen vs VirtualBox opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Xen is still a legitimate alternative to VirtualBox, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      This is a hypervisor, not a virtual machine.
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

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      Xen is hypervisor that isn't emulate but isolate.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      This is a bare-metal hypervisor, not a software virtualization platform.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      Hypervisor != Virtualization Desktop
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

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      xen appears to be a hypervisor, which is quite different than basic virtualization software...
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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