VirtualBox for Mac

VirtualBox for Mac

Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 58 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.3.14
File Size:
115.66MB
Date Added:
July 16, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
148,687
Downloads Last Week:
437
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Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

VirtualBox for Mac is a virtualization tool that allows you to create virtual machines for Mac OS X, Linux, or Windows running on Mac OS X. VirtualBox for Mac is not available from the App Store but can be downloaded from most download sites. VirtualBox for Mac is open-source software and has no charges associated with it.

VirtualBox for Mac lets you create a virtual machine on Mac OS X that you can then load Mac OS X, Windows (pretty much any variant) or Linux (and OpenBSD) into. As long as you can allocate a decent amount of RAM to the virtual machine, VirtualBox for Mac will let you run multiple operating systems without issue. To test VirtualBox for Mac we loaded up virtual machines with Windows 7, Windows Server, Mac OS X, and two versions of Linux. On our 8GB RAM MacBook Pro we could run two or three virtual machines at the same time (each allocated 1GB RAM) and switch between them cleanly. Access to system resources such as hard-drive partitions, USB devices, CD player, and so on is mostly clean, although some USB devices may cause issues. Fortunately, as an open-source project VirtualBox for Mac has lots of contributors and advisers on its forums that can help troubleshoot issues.

We've used a few commercial (and expensive) virtualization tools on our MacBook Pro, but after using VirtualBox for Mac we think we'll ditch the commercial products. VirtualBox for Mac lacks nothing the commercial products offer except perhaps a tech support phone line. A very nice product.

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  • All Versions:

    3.9

    out of 58 votes

    • 5 star: 23
    • 4 star: 20
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 6
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  • 3 stars

    "Good, but hard to read"

    May 30, 2013   |   By Wolfmont

    Version: VirtualBox 4.2.12

    Pros

    Runs the software I have tried to run
    Doesn't require an install of Windows
    Uses WIn XP (a stable version of Windows)

    Cons

    Screen is SMALL!

    Summary

    While this was useful for loading and running some Windows software on my Mac, the screen display for the Windows VM is so small that I have to strain to read it. I have not been able to find a way to make the screen bigger.

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  • 5 stars

    "worked perfectly"

    May 09, 2013   |   By docperc

    Version: VirtualBox 4.2.12

    Pros

    allowed me to connect to my corporate website with its arcane firewall structure

    Cons

    none of any significance

    Summary

    if you can follow fairly simple instructions, this software will work for you

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  • 4 stars

    "A competent product"

    February 15, 2013   |   By elgy

    Version: VirtualBox 4.2.6

    Pros

    Functions well, like a real PC in your Mac.

    Cons

    Lacks some of the bells and whistles of Parallels.

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  • 4 stars

    "Works as expected."

    September 06, 2012   |   By burke

    Version: VirtualBox 4.2rc2

    Pros

    It's free. It works. "Seamless" windows. Resizable displays.

    Cons

    OMG, you may have to read the manual to install it.

    Summary

    I have not used other VM software, so I can't compare. I occasionally need to fire up Windows to see what my Windows-user students see. I can now do this on one machine. Be sure to install the "Guest Additions" for easier and richer display options. Seamless view is good. Resizable display size is great. I prefer to minimize it on the dock when not needed, versus seamless view.

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  • 2 stars

    "Can't Update to 4.2"

    August 26, 2012   |   By rsstroud

    Version: VirtualBox 4.2rc2

    Pros

    I have 4.1.18 and it seems to work well

    Cons

    Installer for new version will not allow installation on Mac 10.5.8. Tells me "The installer has detected running Virtual Machines." But VM is not running.

    I have "Wine" on this machine. Could this be confusing the installer?

    Summary

    Can't really evaluate, but pretty poor to have installer that will not work.

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  • 5 stars

    "A must in Mac world"

    August 16, 2012   |   By ETmacUser

    Version: VirtualBox 4.2.0b1

    Pros

    Easy install, it performs well what is supposed to do, the road to many windows-only apps. The right tool (I'm looking forward when it will be directly implemented in OSX, since is a great utility)

    Cons

    Some minor hassle in connecting to external media such as smartphones (OSX is faster in getting the "new" interface - after all the host system relay on OSX for external world).
    It would be great if given tools for "older" systems too, say Amiga, Mac OS Classic, Commodore VIC64, Spectre... for IT archaeology and recover of older documents (more than 10 years ago...)

    Summary

    Better than celebrated (and not free) emulators. And it's free, well supported and very reliable. What can you expect more?

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  • 1 stars

    "Doesn't download on OS X"

    April 04, 2012   |   By marikavs

    Version: VirtualBox 4.1.12

    Pros

    None (at least 10 characters is dumb)

    Cons

    The requested object does not exist on this server. The link you followed is either outdated, inaccurate, or the server has been instructed not to let you have it.
    Need I say more...

    Summary

    Doesn't download on OS X

    Updated on Apr 4, 2012

    Sorry, should have added Snow Leopard.

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  • 3 stars

    "Good for free"

    April 02, 2012   |   By sobokuOne

    Version: VirtualBox 4.1.12

    Pros

    Lets you install a lot of OS's small in size compare to others

    Cons

    On Lion for me it seems to keep my system slow and sluggish after I quit the app. I have to reboot after ever use to get Lion running smooth again. Don't no what going on maybe its not releasing the memory.

    Summary

    Great to have when you need to test out a new beta version of an OS and its free.

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  • 5 stars

    "Works better than Parallels and it is FREE!"

    December 31, 2011   |   By Paul McNulty

    Version: VirtualBox 4.1.8

    Pros

    Diversification and easy to use

    Cons

    Compared to Parallels - NONE

    Summary

    I wish I found this App before I wasted my money on parallels. This App does everything that it promises to do! A keeper for me!

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  • 4 stars

    "Very handy product, easy to use."

    November 14, 2011   |   By Thombar99

    Version: VirtualBox 4.1.6

    Pros

    Can use windows program on my iMac

    Cons

    Having trouble with setting up a printer.

    Summary

    Definitely worth the price if you need to use Windows programs

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