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VMware Fusion Alternatives

VMware Fusion is described as 'Seamlessly run your favorite Windows applications and devices, on any Intel-based Mac. Built from the ground up for the Mac, VMware Fusion is the easiest way to switch to Mac—letting you bring all of your Windows applications with you, making the most of your Windows software' and is a very popular Virtualization tool 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 BSD. The best alternative is VirtualBox, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like VMware Fusion are VMware Workstation Pro, KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine), VMware Workstation Player and Parallels Desktop.

VMware Fusion alternatives are mainly Virtualization Tools but may also be Compatibility Layer Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of VMware Fusion.
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    VirtualBox

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Solaris
    60 alternatives to VirtualBox 

    VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as...

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    1.  LightweightVirtualBox consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Container VirtualizationVirtualBox can make use of isolated user spaces called "containers" to run applications.
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    VirtualBox vs VMware Fusion opinions
    Almost everyone thinks VirtualBox is a great alternative to VMware Fusion.
    ByteRanger

    While VirtualBox has never failed me on a Linux host, I have never been able to get VirtualBox working reliably on MacOS. The free/opensource part of VirtualBox doesn't even hold a candle to VMware feature wise. The added extensions module that makes it more comparable to VMware is only free for personal use, and the commercial license is priced like VMware's server offerings, many times more expensive than VMware Fusion Pro.

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    vb078

    Open source and free with nearly the same options.

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    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.

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    Hansaplast

    VirtualBox is a free alternative

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    VMware Workstation Pro

    • Windows
    • Linux
    39 alternatives to VMware Workstation Pro 

    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 is the industry standard for running multiple operating systems as virtual machines (VMs) on a single Linux or...

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    ByteRanger

    Does not run on MacOS. VMware Fusion is the equivalent of VMware Workstation for MacOS.

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    KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine)

    • Linux
    • Android
    39 alternatives to KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) 

    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.

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsKVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    VMware Workstation Player

    • Windows
    • Linux
    38 alternatives to VMware Workstation Player 

    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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    ByteRanger

    Does not run on MacOS. VMware has released Fusion Player as the MacOS equivalent of Workstation Player.

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    Parallels Desktop

    47 alternatives to Parallels Desktop 

    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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    Windows Sandbox

    52 alternatives to Windows Sandbox 

    a new lightweight desktop environment tailored for safely running applications in isolation.

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    1.  Container VirtualizationWindows Sandbox can make use of isolated user spaces called "containers" to run applications.
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    Boxes

    • Linux
    • BSD
    21 alternatives to Boxes 

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

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    1.  LightweightBoxes consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  PortableBoxes can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Portable Virtualbox

    40 alternatives to Portable Virtualbox 

    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.

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    1.  PortablePortable Virtualbox can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    Discontinued

    It has not been updated since 2017 and does not work with any version of Virtualbox beyond v5.1.22.

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    Darling

    21 alternatives to Darling 

    Run macOS applications on Linux.

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    bhyve

    • FreeOpen Source
    • BSD
    • FreeBSD
    20 alternatives to bhyve 

    bhyve (pronounced "bee hive", formerly written as BHyVe) is a type-2 hypervisor that runs FreeBSD 9+, OpenBSD, Linux and MS Window desktop (versions Vista, 7, 8/8.1/8.2 and 10), as well as MS Windows Server (versions 2008/2008R2, 2012/2012R2 and 2016 Technical Preview...

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