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    VMware Workstation Player Alternatives for Linux

    There are many alternatives to VMware Workstation Player for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux 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 Workstation Player and 16 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to VMware Workstation Player are QEMU (Free, Open Source), VMware Workstation Pro (Paid), KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) (Free, Open Source) and virt-manager (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Apr 4, 2022
    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Windows
    • Linux
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    1. 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

      Windows guest sound are crackle.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

      programadorveg Way better than VMware and Open Source.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

    2. 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. 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. A simple GNOME application to access virtual systems. It is based on a design from Jon McCann and Jakub Steiner.
    7. AQEMU is GUI to QEMU and KVM emulators, written in Qt4.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • AmigaOS
      • MorphOS
      Bochs is a highly portable open source IA-32 (x86) PC emulator written in C++, that runs on most popular platforms. It includes emulation of the Intel x86 CPU, common I/O devices, and a custom BIOS.
      • 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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    8. OpenVZ is container-based virtualization for Linux.
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