VirtualBox Alternatives for Mac

    There are many alternatives to VirtualBox for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is QEMU, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to VirtualBox and nine of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to VirtualBox are Parallels Desktop (Paid), VMware Fusion (Free Personal), Karton (Free, Open Source) and Multipass (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 31, 2021

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

      -10
    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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      Most users think Parallels Desktop is a great alternative to VirtualBox.


    3. Seamlessly run your favorite Windows applications and devices, on any Intel-based Mac.
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      Most users think VMware Fusion is a great alternative to VirtualBox.
    4. Karton is a tool which can transparently run Linux programs: - 🐧 on a different Linux distribution, - 🍎 on macOS, - 💻 on a different architecture (ARMv7 and ARMv8, on a x86-64 host).
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      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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    5. Run Windows and Linux on your Mac alongside OS X. Veertu is simple, light, secure virtualization software designed for Mac.

      Discontinued

      Discontinued virtualization product.

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      • FreeOpen Source
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      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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    6. 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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      PCE is a collection of microcomputer emulators. At the moment it contains three emulators: PCE/atarist is an Atari ST emulator. It emulates the various ST and Mega ST models. PCE/ibmpc is an IBM PC 5150 emulator. It emulates an IBM PC 5150 or an IBM PC/XT 5160.
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