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Compare Parallels Desktop for Mac vs QEMU vs VirtualBox vs VMWare workstation vs Windows Virtual PC (System virtual machines software comparison matrix)

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Name
VMware workstationVirtualBoxProxmoxParallels Desktop for MacKVM/QEMUNeo ceBox®Hyper-VWindows Virtual PC
Websitevmware.comvirtualbox.orgproxmox.comparallels.com/...qemu.orgwisper.iomicrosoft.com/...microsoft.com/...
Release dateDec. 8th 2015 Mar. 4th 2016 Mar. 23rd 2020 Dec. 15th 2010 May 7th 2011 Jan. 1st 2016 Mar. 17th 2010
Latest version12.15.0.166.16.0.11990.6210140.14.11.0.3410.0.146.1.7600
LicenseProprietaryOpen SourceAGPL v3ProprietaryGPL/LGPLProprietaryProprietaryProprietary
PriceFree / 189$Free for personal useGratuit / Subscription plans à partir de 5.83 € / mois / cpu79.99$Free29€/moisIncluded with Windows ProFree
Features
USB supportYesYes UDB over RDPYesYesYesNo
Snapshot supportYesYesYesYesYesYes
GUIYesYesYesNo but several third parties availableYesYes
Programming LanguageC, C++, x86 Assembly
Emulate other architecturesNoNoNoYes ARM, MIPS, SPARC, Alpha...No
Storage formatsVMDK (VMware)
VHD (Windows virtual PC)
VDI (VirtualBox)
VMDK (VMware)
VHD (Windows virtual PC)
QCOW2/QCOW VMDK (VMware) VHD (Windows virtual PC) VDI (VirtualBox) Raw formatQCOW2/QCOW
VMDK (VMware)
VHD (Windows virtual PC)
(Bochs)
cloop (Knoppix)
VDI (VirtualBox)
Raw format
QCOW2/QCOW
VMDK (VMware)
VHD (Windows virtual PC)
(Bochs)
cloop (Knoppix)
VDI (VirtualBox)
Raw format
VHD (Windows virtual PC)
Mémoire vidéo maximaleSelon la carte graphiqueSelon la carte graphique
Host supported platforms
WindowsYesYesYesNoYesYesYes
LinuxYesYesNoYesYesNo
macOSNo Vmware Fusion avalable for Mac OSYesYesNoYesNo
Guest runnable OS
WindowsYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
LinuxYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYes Pas Officiel; Quelques fonctionnalité non-supportée
Mac OSYesYes Mac OS X ServerYes Mac OS X ServerNoYesNoNo
SolarisYesYesYesYesYesNo
DOSYesYesYesYesYesNo
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