VMware Player vs. VirtualBox: feature comparison

Last updated on September 1, 2020 by Dan Nanni

VMware Player and VirtualBox are the two most popular virtualization software packages for x86 processor architecture. VMware Player is free for personal non-commercial use, and available for commercial use if VMware Fusion commercial license is purchased. VirtualBox is released for free under the terms of the GPL version 2, and additional proprietary components are available under a proprietary PUEL license.

When you compare VMware Player and VirtualBox side by side, it is hard to say which one is better, as each one has its own pros and cons, compared to the other. Which one to choose all boils down to your need and requirements.

In this post, I will highlight advantages and disadvantages of VMware Player and VirtualBox in terms of their features. The comparison is done for VMware Player 5 and VirtualBox 4.2.12.

Pros and Cons of VMware Player

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Pros and Cons of VirtualBox

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If there is anything to add or correct, feel free to post a comment.

For performance comparison between VMware Player and VirtualBox, check out my subsequent article on this topic.

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