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Free VMware Workstation Pro Alternatives

The best free alternative to VMware Workstation Pro is VirtualBox, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to VMware Workstation Pro and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to VMware Workstation Pro are QEMU, KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine), VMware Workstation Player and Parallels Desktop.

VMware Workstation Pro alternatives are mainly Virtualization Tools but may also be Remote Desktop Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of VMware Workstation Pro.
This page was last updated Jun 29, 2022
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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 Pro opinions
    Most users think VirtualBox is a great alternative to VMware Workstation Pro.

    It works and crashes less then some of the virtualisation software I have used and it's free.

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    because it has features similar to vmware workstation

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    Free. Full of functionalities

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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 Pro.


  3. 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.

    Almost everyone thinks KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a great alternative to VMware Workstation Pro.
  4. VMware Workstation Player

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Windows
    • Linux

    VMware Workstation Player 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.

  5. 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.

    Most users think Parallels Desktop is a great alternative to VMware Workstation Pro.


  6. 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.

  7. Windows Sandbox

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

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

  8. 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.

    Most users think Portable Virtualbox is a great alternative to VMware Workstation Pro.
  9. VMware Fusion

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac

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

    Some users think VMware Fusion is a great alternative to VMware Workstation Pro, some don't.
  10. bhyve

    • FreeOpen Source
    • BSD
    • FreeBSD

    bhyve (pronounced "bee hive", formerly written as BHyVe) is a type-2 hypervisor that runs FreeBSD 9+, OpenBSD, Linux and MS Window desktop (versions Vista, 7, 8/8.1/8.

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