Alternatives to VirtualBox for all platforms with any license

  • OpenVZ

    OpenVZ is container-based virtualization for Linux. OpenVZ creates multiple secure, isolated Linux containers (otherwise known as VEs or VPSs) on a single physical...

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • bhyve

    bhyve (pronounced "bee hive", formerly written as BHyVe) is a type-2 hypervisor that runs on FreeBSD.

    Free Open Source BSD FreeBSD

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    AQEMU is GUI to QEMU and KVM emulators, written in Qt4. The program have user-friendly interface and allows to set up the majority of QEMU and KVM …

    Free Open Source Linux BSD

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  • QEMU Manager

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

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

    Free Windows

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  • Qtemu

    QtEmu is a graphical user interface for Qtemu.

    • Discontinued The project is unmaintained and the last release was on November 12th, 2007.

    Free Open Source Windows Linux BSD

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  • Karton

    Run Linux programs on macOS, a different Linux distro, or a different architecture.

    Free Open Source Mac Linux

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  • JPC

    PC is the fast Java™ x86 PC emulator. Features: - 100% pure Java - Runs as an applet - Modular and customisable - Snapshot capability - Integrated...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web

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  • MobaLiveCD

    MobaLiveCD is a freeware that will run your Linux LiveCD on Windows thanks to the excellent emulator called "Qemu". MobaLiveCD allows you to test your LiveCD...

    • is mounting iso app like poweriso Guest • Sep 2015 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • VMWare Disk Mount

    The VMWare Disk Mount utility allows you to mount a VMDK file as a drive. VMWARE distributes a command line utility with no graphical interface (GUI). This is the...

    Free Windows

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  • PetiteCloud

    PetiteCloud is a HyperVisor frontend for BSD. It has the following features: Support for bhyve (including linux support) and QEMU (software emulation only until...

    Free Open Source BSD



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VirtualBox Comments

Comment by JohnTucker
about VirtualBox · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

VirtualBox is great. Use it regularly to test software out so I do not have to worry about corrupting my primary desktop. Has saved me a couple times from bad installs / uninstalls.

Comment by lunolas
about VirtualBox · Jul 2017 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

Fastest alternative for Windows as a host, good UI and tooling


I like it

Comment by rafaellabertonili27
about VirtualBox · Oct 2016 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

I like it but I have had some problems when using it in my laptop, It makes everything work slower but still the best way to get a virtual machine to work.


works fine

Comment by sophiaschuler600
about VirtualBox · Aug 2016 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

i think this works just fine considering it's free. I really don't think vmware is worth it.

Comment by ParisFitts
about VirtualBox · Jan 2016 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

there are not so many alternatives for this and i have really been using this for a long time now and it really works great, i try everthing here first and it's good, i recomend it


Needs more improvement

Comment by Eostyx
about VirtualBox · Feb 2012 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

Just as a performance gripe, it has this noticeable lag every second or so. I would only use this to test very basic things or to observe different operating systems. Otherwise, just install the OS on another petition. Experience it in it's glory, get drivers and stop the lag.

VirtualBox Oracle, if you can improve the performance limitations I would call this perfect for new users. Till then...

Comment by OSienna
about VirtualBox · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

VirtualBox was kinda cool when it was owned by Sun. Now that Oracle has bought Sun they will probably let it die a slow death since there is no revenue in it for them... sad.

Comment by Nikihayami
about VirtualBox · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

Laggy and raw under mac. Many options don't work. Parallels tools is much better instead. I'll never return to Vbox


It's your computer not the program

I would disagree, it is not 'computer' problem. I been running VirtualBox under many different macs, with both low and high specs and the experience is always not perfect. However, it is free in contrast to Parallels, so there is not much of space to complain.

Comment by Aaron
about VirtualBox · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

This works great I am on Ubuntu and I sometimes want to run my windows programs and the ones that do not run in Wine I run in this. I have Windows XP installed on this and I can run it at pretty good speeds. Because it is being emulated it is not as fast as the operating system would be at native speeds, but it does good enough for me.

Comment by MSXfan
about VirtualBox · Sep 2018 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Simply the best virtual machine ever... Free and functional!


Anything like this?

Comment by jcarroll53
about VirtualBox · Aug 2013 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I like VirtualBox but I'm looking for something that also allows a virtual network so that I can set up a dedicated virtual network for the virtual appliances to connect to (for DNS & RADIUS testing). Any idea on what is out there, if there is anything out there like this?


Why is virtualbox more popular than vmware player?

Comment by Yazilliclick
about VirtualBox and VMware Workstation Player · Jul 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Currently I've been using vmware player for a while but am evaluating whether to make a switch or stick with it. My only real issue with it is switching the network adapter used. Looking on the net though every review seems to say vmware player is better/faster (if only marginally) but on here the votes aren't even close with virtualbox in the lead. So just curious on opinions.


Virtualbox actually allows you to create virtual machines, not just to run them.

So does vmware player...

Well, VMWare Player wasn't able to create virtual machines before the release of Version 3. So I guess Virtualbox had a head start, since it's been around for years.

Update: It turns out that VMWare Player can't make snapshots of a virtual machine (basically, restore points). Virtualbox has included this feature for a while, and it's pretty useful-- if you ever get a virus on your VM or mess up its boot files, you can always restore to a previous snapshot. So that's one thing.

1.Virtualbox is earlier than VMware Player.
2.You can not easily find download link of VMware player on website.
3.Virtualbox allows to make restore points easily(on VMware it's a typical task, but possible)
4.Oracle(formerly Sun Microsystems) has created it.
5.It has a more specific user interface(I can't actually tell it as good or bad)
6.All features are provided in a single free version.
7.It is Open Source

Some reasons may be incorrect, but I hope this is enough

VirtualBox portable is not easy to use

Comment by em4020
about VirtualBox · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

VirtualBox portable isn't made by Oracle and isn't easy to use

@JonM33: I aggree with you: VirtualBox portable isn't made by Oracle. However, I and many other people are looking for a portable VM-app. Many persons report, that it is possible to work with "VirtualBox portable" on Vista business 64 bit, downloaded from and/or . This VirtualBox portable is not very easy to use, but it is not far away to run as a VirtualBox portable. Maybe a new version can make the usage easier. So I would prefer to maintain the tags and metatag "portable" with an information:
"Portable VBox isn't made by Oracle. The portable 64bit-Version seems to work only with a parallel original VirtualBox Desktop installation."

Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about VirtualBox · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam


I just had to try that. :D