Compare Performance BEST Free VM: Oracle VirtualBox or VMware Workstation Player?

Discussion in 'Compare Apps' started by Soulweave, Mar 5, 2016.


Which Virtual Machine Software do you prefer/recommend and why?

  1. Oracle VirtualBox version 5 because...

    50 vote(s)
  2. VMware Workstation Player 12 because...

    28 vote(s)
  1. For running linux I prefer VBox and for Windows VMware. The truth is that both are excellent and free. In the end, as usual, everything depends on which one you are most comfortable with. I feel better with the way VMware works.
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  2. Rolo

    Rolo Level 18

    Jun 14, 2015
    Retired Electronics, Computer, Network Engineer
    North Carolina
    Windows 10
    I never tried VMWare Player since it doesn't do snapshots.

    I couldn't ditch Hyper-V fast enough; it's awful for using it outside it's intended purpose.

    Hence, VBox. I use it for Ubuntu and as a Windows 10 sheep-dip.
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  3. DC47561

    DC47561 Level 3

    Feb 3, 2017
    IT Support
    Windows 10
    My thoughts are similar to Rolo's. The only thing I don't like about VMWare Player is the fact that there is no option to save a snapshot of a machine. I would really appreciate it if they were to add this.
  4. giants8058

    giants8058 Level 4

    Jan 26, 2016
    Windows 7
    Voted for VirtualBox after just recently switching from VMware for many of the reasons people have already mentioned. Open source, multiple snapshots (which is great for malware testing) and you can even change certain settings while the VM is running like the network card for example. Any time I needed to adjust any settings with VMWare, it needed to be suspended or shut down. As for performance, just install guest additions and they are identical. VB hands down.
  5. Malware Person

    Malware Person Level 4

    Jun 8, 2016
    United States
    Windows 10
    VMware is only good if you have an old processor without AMD-v or Vt-x
  6. Malware Person

    Malware Person Level 4

    Jun 8, 2016
    United States
    Windows 10
    VirtualBox utilizes those virtualization technologies, thus speeding up virtual machines.
  7. S3cur1ty 3nthu5145t

    May 22, 2017
    Not sure why you have stated this, but you can probably learn a thing or two reading the documentation of Vmware Player. VMware Workstation Player Documentation

    For those running the free version of Vmware Player for better integration of Windows, you can always substitute Rollback RX in your Guest machine to provide options of snapshots.

    Personally i dropped the dime on Workstation Pro sometime ago and have not looked back.
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  8. ng4ever

    ng4ever Level 9

    Feb 11, 2016
    Same here. I got it for 30% off!
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  9. orthonovum

    orthonovum Level 3

    Jun 17, 2017

    You are spot on here, VMWare has some silly behavioral things that don't make sense... (why can't I drag a VM tab out so it is in it's own window?) it is too much of a pain to get OSX working in VMWare and then it breaks with each update :/ That being said VirtualBox is not without pain points, they are both really good at what they do and if you remember the early versions from many years ago they have both come a long way! I think it comes down to which one of them will do everything you need them to do.
  10. ravi prakash saini

    Apr 22, 2015
    Windows 10
    it is a kind of conspiracy to confuse me moderator is suggesting one product and the super moderator the other.
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  11. S3cur1ty 3nthu5145t

    May 22, 2017
    LOL... It is simple. Virtualbox tends to work better with Linux distros, although either can be run, and VMware works better with Windows although both can be run. In terms of completely free, Virtualbox offers more as VMware is limited with its free version. Although one if crafty enough can make up for VMware Player free short comings, like using Rollback RX in the guest machine for creating snapshots, ect.
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  12. TheJokerz

    TheJokerz Level 5

    Jan 7, 2016
    Information Technology
    Windows 10
    I personally have only ever used VMware. In school we used the free workstation version to set up windows server 2008 for lab purposes. At my current job I use VMware Workstation pro for creating custom win 7 images for deployment. I have never had any issue running these. I actually like all the features that both versions have. I would give Virtual box a try if ever needed!
  13. orthonovum

    orthonovum Level 3

    Jun 17, 2017
    #33 orthonovum, Jul 5, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2017
    last week I switched from VMWare to Virtual Box because VMWare started failing to boot my VMs, they would just sit at either the restoring progress bar or the black vmware screen with the spinning animation forever, I had to force kill vmware and then restart it then delete the .lck files int he VM's directory then restart VMWare and the VM would be up and running already. This started happening one day and no changes were made to my config or VMs.

    Went to my other laptop and was seeing the same behavior. After installing Virtual Box and just loading my VMWare VMs in there they have been working flawlessly for me in Virtual Box. In fact I love that I can have multiple VMs open in seperate windows without having to do dumb things and worry about .lck files
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  14. 212eta

    212eta Level 7

    May 11, 2011
    VMware Workstation Player because of its GUI. ;)
  15. grumpy_joe

    grumpy_joe Level 1

    Oct 18, 2017
    Other OS
    Oracle, because I prefer open source :)
    You can see the code = more trust for the publisher.
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