VMware Workstation Player Alternatives for Mac

    VMware Workstation Player is not available for Mac but there are some alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. 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 Workstation Player and seven of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to VMware Workstation Player are QEMU (Free, Open Source), Parallels Desktop (Freemium), VMware Fusion (Free Personal) and Multipass (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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      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 6 months ago

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      programadorveg Way better than VMware and Open Source.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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      Windows guest sound are crackle.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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    2. QEMU (short for "Quick EMUlator") is a free and open-source hosted hypervisor that performs hardware virtualization.
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      Most users think QEMU is a great alternative to VMware Workstation Player.


    3. 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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    4. Seamlessly run your favorite Windows applications and devices, on any Intel-based Mac.
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      • 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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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      JavaQemu is a Graphical User Interface Front End for QEMU, written in Java. JavaQemu works with JRE 1.7/1.8 and MS Windows OS. Since version 0.0.4a15, JavaQemu works with JRE 1.6 or Linux OS/Mac OS, too.

      Discontinued

      Website states: "This project is no longer active because I stopped playing with Java since a long time."

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    5. Lima launches Linux virtual machines on macOS, with automatic file sharing, port forwarding, and containerd. Lima can be considered as a some sort of unofficial "macOS subsystem for Linux", or "containerd for Mac".
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