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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 nine of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to VMware Workstation Player are QEMU, Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion and UTM.

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.
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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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    softph

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

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    Windows guest sound are crackle.

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    programadorveg

    Way better than VMware and Open Source.

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    QEMU

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

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

    ⚫︎ PortableQEMU can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingQEMU supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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  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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    VMware Fusion

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac

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

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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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    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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  7. JavaQemu

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    JavaQemu is a Graphical User Interface Front End for QEMU, written in Java.

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    Discontinued

    Website states: "This project is no longer active because I stopped playing with Java since a long time."

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    VirtualBuddy

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    VirtualBuddy can virtualize macOS 12 and later on Apple Silicon, with the goal of offering features that are useful to developers who need to test their apps on multiple versions of macOS, especially betas.

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  9. Lima

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    Lima launches Linux virtual machines on macOS, with automatic file sharing, port forwarding, and containerd.

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