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 11 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to VMware Fusion are Parallels Desktop (Paid), Wineskin Winery (Free, Open Source), Boot Camp (Free) and Karton (Free, Open Source).

    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 over 4 years ago

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

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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 Mac OS X on any Intel-powered Mac Pro, iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook or MacBook Pro. The subscription includes...
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    3. 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. Best of all, its free!
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      Boot Camp is a utility by that assists users in installing Windows 10 on 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.
      Negative comment 9 months ago

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      Boot Camp is not a hypervisor or virtualization technology, it is a dual-boot tool
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    4. Karton is a tool which can transparently run Linux programs: - 🐧 on a different Linux distribution, - 🍎 on macOS, - 💻 on a different architecture (ARMv7 and ARMv8, on a x86-64 host).
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
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      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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    5. Run your Windows applications on OSX without the need of buying a Windows license. Well, you even do not need to install Windows. Just download WinOnX and you are ready to go within 2 minutes. No need to install Windows or a virtual machine.
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    6. 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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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      PCE is a collection of microcomputer emulators. At the moment it contains three emulators: PCE/atarist is an Atari ST emulator. It emulates the various ST and Mega ST models. PCE/ibmpc is an IBM PC 5150 emulator. It emulates an IBM PC 5150 or an IBM PC/XT 5160.
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      • Windows
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      Turbo.net for Mac runs PC apps on your Mac without having to install a Virtual Machine.
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