VMware Fusion Alternatives

    VMware Fusion is described as 'Seamlessly run your favorite Windows applications and devices, on any Intel-based Mac' and is a well-known app in the Network & Admin category. There are more than 25 alternatives to VMware Fusion for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and the Web. The best alternative is VirtualBox, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like VMware Fusion are VMware Workstation Pro (Paid), Proton (Free, Open Source), VMware Workstation Player (Free Personal) and KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Jan 28, 2021

    • VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use.
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to VMware Fusion.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Solaris
      vb078 Open source and free with nearly the same options.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago 0 users agree and 1 doesn't

      JohnFastman VirtualBox is almost always the better option compared to VMWare. Open source and free, works on Windows, Mac and Linux. Vital and important software for running virtual machines, testing other operating systems, etc.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago 0 users agree and 2 don't

    • VMware Workstation Pro is a commercial hypervisor that allows users to create and run virtual machines on one computer.


    • Proton is a tool for use with the Steam client which allows games which are exclusive to Windows to run on https://alternativeto.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      • Steam
      Proton is a tool used with the Steam client to allows Windows games to run on NIX operating systems. It uses Wine to facilitate this. Wine is a compatibility layer that allows binaries for a legacy or foreign system to run on a host system. Wine may have compatibility issues with your apps. Check here, https://appdb.winehq.org/, before considering it in lieu of a Hypervisor. It is not a type 2 hypervisor like Fusion, VirtualBox or QEMU.
      Negative comment 8 months ago

      Proton is not an alternative to VMware Fusion. Proton is not a tier 2 hypervisor like the rest are.
      Negative comment 4 months ago

      Proton doesn't run on Mac and it's not a virtualization product.
      Negative comment 3 months ago

    • 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.
      • Free Personal
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V).
    • 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...
    • A simple GNOME application to view, access, and manage remote and virtual systems.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Linux
    • Portable-VirtualBox is a free and open source software tool that lets you run any operating system from a usb stick without separate installation. It unpacks and adjusts the paths and configuration of VirtualBox so it will run portably.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Windows
    • Darling — macOS translation layer for Linux

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      Darling runs macOS software directly without using a hardware emulator.
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      • Free • Open Source
      • Linux
    • a new lightweight desktop environment tailored for safely running applications in isolation.
      • Free
      • Windows