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VMware Workstation Player Alternatives

VMware Workstation Player is described as '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' and is a very popular Virtualization tool in the network & admin category. There are more than 25 alternatives to VMware Workstation Player for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, BSD, Mac and Android. The best alternative is VirtualBox, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like VMware Workstation Player are QEMU, VMware Workstation Pro, KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) and virt-manager.

VMware Workstation Player alternatives are mainly Virtualization Tools but may also be Web Browsers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of VMware Workstation Player.
This page was last updated Apr 4, 2022
  • Free PersonalProprietary
  • Windows
  • Linux

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  1. 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.

    VirtualBox vs VMware Workstation Player opinions
    Most users think VirtualBox is a great alternative to VMware Workstation Player.
    softph

    Open source but problems with 3D accelerations (works better in VMWare for me).

    Positive comment about 1 year ago
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    Windows guest sound are crackle.

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    programadorveg

    Way better than VMware and Open Source.

    Positive comment almost 4 years ago
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  2. QEMU

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    QEMU (short for "Quick EMUlator") is a free and open-source hosted hypervisor that performs hardware virtualization.

    Most users think QEMU is a great alternative to VMware Workstation Player.


  3. VMware Workstation Pro Lets You Run Multiple Operating Systems as Virtual Machines (including Windows VMs) on a Single Windows or Linux PC.

  4. 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.

  5. virt-manager

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    The virt-manager application is a desktop user interface for managing virtual machines through libvirt. It primarily targets KVM VMs, but also manages Xen and LXC (linux containers).



  6. 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.

  7. Boxes

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

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

  8. Windows Sandbox

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

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

  9. Portable Virtualbox

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    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.

    Discontinued

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

  10. VMware Fusion

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac

    Seamlessly run your favorite Windows applications and devices, on any Intel-based Mac.

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