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VirtualBox Alternatives for Linux

There are many alternatives to VirtualBox for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux 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). If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to VirtualBox and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to VirtualBox are VMware Workstation Player, virt-manager, Proxmox Virtual Environment and Boxes.

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  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • BSD
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  1. VMware Workstation Pro Lets You Run Multiple Operating Systems as Virtual Machines (including Windows VMs) on a Single Windows or Linux PC.

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    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.

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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.

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    dvdvideo123

    Virtual box is free, vmwre has 30 day trial.

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    Very good but very expensive. Instead i'd reccomend VMWare Workstation Player.

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    Expensive. If you want the free version for personal use, go with VMware Workstation Player.

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    i have no words its best win app

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    androbuntu

    very good software for virtualization

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  2. QEMU icon

    QEMU

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    QEMU (short for "Quick EMUlator") is a free and open-source hosted hypervisor that performs hardware virtualization.

    ⚫︎ PortableQEMU can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingQEMU supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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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.

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    It also performs hardware visualization

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    arpeters

    It is supported by various frontends such as Virt Manager and AQEMU.

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    It doesn't have a GUI to manage like Virtualbox or VMware. That's problematic.

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  3. VMware Workstation Player icon

    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.

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    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.

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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.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsKVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    Almost everyone thinks KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a great alternative to VirtualBox.
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    virt-manager

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    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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    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.

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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.

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    zinz

    this is not vm but a vm manager.

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    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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    Boxes

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    A simple GNOME application to access virtual systems. It is based on a design from Jon McCann and Jakub Steiner.

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    Most users think Boxes is a great alternative to VirtualBox.

    This is a virtual machine manager, not virtualization software

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  8. Xen icon

    Xen

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    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.

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    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.

    Hypervisor != Virtualization Desktop

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    Xen is hypervisor that isn't emulate but isolate.

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    This is a hypervisor, not a virtual machine.

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    This is a bare-metal hypervisor, not a software virtualization platform.

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    xen appears to be a hypervisor, which is quite different than basic virtualization software...

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  9. XCP-ng is a high-performance, enterprise-level hypervisor with a rich ecosystem and is the result of massive cooperation between individuals and companies. All commercial features are enabled with no commitment required to a support agreement.

    ⚫︎ DRM FreeNo Digital rights management (DRM), i.e. no copy protection.
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  10. VMware vSphere Hypervisor icon

    VMware vSphere Hypervisor

    • Windows
    • Linux
    • NVIDIA vGPU
    • AMD MxGPU

    VMware vSphere Hypervisor ( based on ESXi ) is a free bare-metal hypervisor that virtualizes servers so you can consolidate your applications on less hardware.

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