The Top VirtualBox Alternatives

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VirtualBox is still one of the top free hypervisors on the market today, but it comes with a myriad of bugs and issues in every release. I recently decided I was fed up with that and decided to make a move away. If you’re looking to do the same, here are some of the best alternatives.

VMware Workstation

VMware is the product I ultimately decided to switch to. Compared to VirtualBox, it is much more stable and user friendly. It also gives you more low-level control over your virtual machines with some easy configuration file tweaks. VMware Workstation Pro is paid software, but you can also use VMware Workstation Player for free with limited functionality.

Microsoft Hyper-V

If you are running Windows 10, Hyper-V is included and very simple to install via the “Add or Remove Features” interface. Since Hyper-V is made by Microsoft, it interfaces with your Windows host more fluidly. Since Hyper-V is built into Windows, it is free, like VirtualBox.


This open-source project gives you another free option for virtualization. QEMU is a command-line program, meaning it will be more difficult to use. This also means it has less overhead, giving you more resources to dedicate to the virtualization. It is designed with Linux in mind, meaning it will run the best there. Windows versions are available, but one of the above options will probably work better for you if you aren’t on Linux.

Since I wrote my post regarding my issues with kernel panics while installing CentOS, I’ve had a number of problems with VirtualBox and finally decided it was time to move on. I’m sure you’ll appreciate the difference if you decide to do the same.

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