QEMU Alternatives

QEMU Alternatives

QEMU is a generic and open source machine emulator and virtualizer.

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According to people there are many software similar to it, and the best alternative to QEMU is Parallels Desktop which is both free and proprietary. Other highly recommended applications include Vagrant (Free) , OpenStack (Free) and VirtualBox (Free).
In total people have suggested 12 alternatives to QEMU that share similarities by use case and feature set.

Parallels Desktop

With Parallels Desktop you can run several other operating systems on your PC simultaneously. The software provides hardware virtualization for Macintosh computers with Intel processors. With ongoing support for DirectX and OpenGL, many popular games and game engines are supported within Parallels Desktop allowing people using make to make use of Microsoft Windows related products.

Free & Proprietary
👍 Most people think Parallels Desktop is a good alternative to QEMU.


Vagrant is an open-source software building portable and virtual development environments. With Vagrant, developers and devops can create development environments that mirror production environment by providing the same operating system, packages, users, and configurations. Vagrant can be spin up environments for VirtualBox, KVM, Hyper-V, Docker containers, VMware, and AWS, and integrates with exiting configuration tooling such as Ansible, Chef, Docker, Puppet or Salt

Free & Open Source
👍 Most people think Vagrant is a good alternative to QEMU.


OpenStack is an IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) and cloud computing platform developed by the OpenStack Foundation. The project was first started in 2010 as a joint venture by Rackspace Hosting and NASA. OpenStack both free and open-source and allows you to create public or private clouds with distributed virtual servers. The OpenStack dashboard can be used by administrators of the cloud to empower user, provision resources and track the overall health of the network and infrastructure.

Free & Open Source
👍 Most people think OpenStack is a good alternative to QEMU.


VirtualBox is a free and open-source hosted hypervisor for x86 virtualization, developed by Oracle. The software is used to create virtual machines that can be used for testing, and building software in virtually contained environments. VirtualBox is available for on macOS, Linux. Windows, Solaris and OpenSolaris.

Free & Open Source
👍 Most people think VirtualBox is a good alternative to QEMU.


With CrossOver you can run Microsoft Windows software on Linux, macOS, and Chrome OS. CrossOver creates a Microsoft Windows compatibility layer making it possible to run games and software only available for Windows. CrossOver is developed by CodeWeavers and based on free and open-source compatibility layer Wine.

Commercial & Proprietary
👍 Most people think CrossOver is a good alternative to QEMU.

Windows Sandbox

Windows Sandbox is a virtual machine application that lets you quickly spin up a virtual clean OS imaged from your system's current state so that you can test programs or files in a secure environment that's isolated from your main system.

Free & Open Source
👍 Most people think Windows Sandbox is a good alternative to QEMU.


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Bochs IA-32 Emulator provides a virtual PC that can run operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and BSD.


Just a Portable VirtualBox Pack


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PCE is a collection of microcomputer emulators. At the moment it contains three emulators:

How Are These QEMU Alternatives Generated?

Information found on this page is crowd-sourced by the community and contains the most agreed upon QEMU alternatives. You can use this information to find similar software to QEMU for specific platforms with various pricing options and licenses. Anyone that have previously used QEMU can suggest alternatives, vote on the accuracy of other users claims, and help more people in the process of doing so.

This page was last updated on Sun 23 Jan 2022 (3 weeks, 1 day ago).