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 (Free Personal), virt-manager (Free, Open Source), Proxmox Virtual Environment (Freemium, Open Source) and Boxes (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Aug 2, 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  over 1 year 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 over 2 years ago

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      androbuntu very good software for virtualization
      Positive comment about 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.
      arpeters It is supported by various frontends such as Virt Manager and AQEMU.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      It runs faster than virtualbox using KVM. Also is better suited for production level.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      It also performs hardware visualization
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      It doesn't have a GUI to manage like Virtualbox or VMware. That's problematic.
      Negative comment over 1 year 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. 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 10 months 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 over 1 year ago

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

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    6. 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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    7. A simple GNOME application to view, access, and manage remote and virtual systems.
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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 almost 2 years ago

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    8. 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  about 1 year ago

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      Xen is hypervisor that isn't emulate but isolate.
      Negative comment about 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 almost 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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      • 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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    9. Microsoft Hyper-V Server is a free product that delivers enterprise-class virtualization for your datacenter and hybrid cloud.
      Microsoft Hyper-V Server vs VirtualBox opinions
      Some users think Microsoft Hyper-V Server is a great alternative to VirtualBox, some don't.
      hyper-v server is a complete os in command line with a virtualisation tool (hyper-v)
      Negative comment almost 6 years ago

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