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 BSD. The best alternative is VirtualBox, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like VMware Fusion are VMware Workstation Pro (Paid), KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) (Free, Open Source), VMware Workstation Player (Free Personal) and Parallels Desktop (Freemium).

    This page was last updated May 17, 2021

    1. VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use.
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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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      Hansaplast VirtualBox is a free alternative
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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.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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      vb078 Open source and free with nearly the same options.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    2. VMware Workstation Pro Lets You Run Multiple Operating Systems as Virtual Machines (including Windows VMs) on a Single Windows or Linux PC.
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      ByteRanger Does not run on MacOS. VMware Fusion is the equivalent of VMware Workstation for MacOS.
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    3. 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.
    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. A simple GNOME application to view, access, and manage remote and virtual systems.
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    7. Darling — macOS translation layer for Linux Fast Darling runs macOS software directly without using a hardware emulator. Free Like Linux, Darling is free and open-source software. It is developed openly on GitHub and distributed under the GNU GPL license version 3.
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    8. 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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    9. Windows Sandbox has the following properties: Part of Windows – everything required for this feature ships with Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise. No need to download a VHD!
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      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.
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