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VMware Fusion Alternatives for Mac

There are many alternatives to VMware Fusion for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is VirtualBox, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to VMware Fusion and 13 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to VMware Fusion are Parallels Desktop, UTM, Boot Camp and Wineskin Winery.

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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  1. VirtualBox icon

    VirtualBox

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Solaris

    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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    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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  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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    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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  4. Boot Camp icon

    Boot Camp

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac

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

    Discontinued

    Boot Camp has been discontinued on the M1 Macs.

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    Bootcamp is basically a very specialized partition manager to allow the installation of windows on apple machines. It also comes with windows drivers for the hardware used by apple.

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    Boot Camp is not a hypervisor or virtualization technology, it is a dual-boot tool

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  5. Wineskin Winery icon

    Wineskin Winery

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Wine

    Wineskin is a tool used to make ports of Windows software to Mac OS X. The ports are in the form of normal Mac application bundle wrappers. It works like a wrapper around the Windows software, and you can share just the wrappers if you choose.

    Discontinued

    Hasn't been updated in over 6 years and doesn't work on most modern versions of macOS: https://sourceforge.net/projects/wineskin/, https://github.com/Gcenx/WineskinServer#wineskin

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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.

    Discontinued

    Discontinued virtualization product.

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    WinOnX

    • Mac

    Run your Windows applications on OSX without the need of buying a Windows license.

    Discontinued

    The application has not been updated for almost three years, and also, judging by the reviews, does not work on the latest versions of macOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/winonx-64/id421346233

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    PCE

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    PCE is a collection of microcomputer emulators. At the moment it contains three emulators:

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