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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 12 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to VirtualBox are Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion, UTM and Boot Camp.

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  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • BSD
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VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use.

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  1. 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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    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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    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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  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 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.


  3. VMware Fusion icon

    VMware Fusion

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac

    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. UTM icon

    UTM

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • iPhone
    • iPad

    UTM is a full featured system emulator and virtual machine host for iOS and macOS. It is based off of QEMU. In short, it allows you to run Windows, Linux, and more on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

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    UTM Created from Quemu ; Work on ipad os under 14 ; Need jeelbreak ; not foun on apple app store ;

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  5. Boot Camp icon

    Boot Camp

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac

    Boot Camp is a utility by that assists users in installing Windows 10 on Macs.

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    Discontinued

    Boot Camp has been discontinued on the M1 Macs.

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    Multipass

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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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    Karton

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux

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

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    Veertu

    • Mac

    Run Windows and Linux on your Mac alongside OS X. Veertu is simple, light, secure virtualization software designed for Mac.

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    Discontinued

    Discontinued virtualization product.

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  9. JavaQemu

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    JavaQemu is a Graphical User Interface Front End for QEMU, written in Java.

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    Discontinued

    Website states: "This project is no longer active because I stopped playing with Java since a long time."

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    VirtualBuddy

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    VirtualBuddy can virtualize macOS 12 and later on Apple Silicon, with the goal of offering features that are useful to developers who need to test their apps on multiple versions of macOS, especially betas.

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