VirtualBox for Mac

VirtualBox for Mac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.3.20
  • Total Downloads:
    155,938
  • Date Added:
    November 21, 2014
  • File Size:
    108.79MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    563
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.3.20
  • VMM: fixed reboot hang of 32-bit Windows SMP guests (bug #13319, #13462)
  • VMM: proper Math Fault handling with certain legacy guests (bug #9042, AMD hosts)
  • VMM: fixed a Guru Meditation VINF_EM_TRIPLE_FAULT on older CPUs that don't support MSR-bitmaps (VT-x only; bugs #13034, #13125, #13311, #13425, #13426, #13463, #13585)
  • GUI: fix 3D overlay window re-parenting issue when VM goes to full screen mode on X11 hosts.
  • GUI: fix occasional loss of focus in full-screen mode on X11 host systems (4.3.16 regression)
  • GUI: Mac OS X: wizards should have Cancel button (bug #12541)
  • GUI: added a global option to prevent automatic raising of the new window by mouse move with multi-screen guests (bug #8878)
  • API: accept remote display port 0 as the default RDP port (bug #8534)
  • VBoxManage: fixed crash when executing showvminfo command under certain circumstances (bug #13190)
  • ACPI: fixed occasional Guru Meditations in ACPI timer code (4.3.18 regression; bug #13521)
  • EFI: improved performance of IDE disk access
  • EFI: fixed a bug in the EFI video driver which prevented Windows to boot in UEFI mode (bug #12022)
  • EFI: properly announce the amount of RAM for big VMs (bugs #11103 and #13211)
  • Storage: fixed a crash under certain circumstances when a medium was ejected from a drive attached to the SATA controller without inserting a new medium before pausing or closing the VM (4.3.16 regression)
  • Storage: fixed an interrupt acknowledge issue causing hanging guests or slower I/O (4.3.18 regression)
  • Storage: fixed broken resume after the VM was suspended due to a full disk if host I/O caching is used
  • Storage: fixed a Guru Meditation under certain conditions when using the DevLsiLogic controller with VMs running in raw mode (4.3 regression; bugs #12254, #12655, #12709, #12774, #12886)
  • Guest Control: fixed a bug which might lead to a crash during recursive copy
  • SDK: Java COM bindings fixes
  • iPXE: enable the HTTP download protocol (bug #13628)
  • Runtime: do not use a fixed stack size creating temporary threads during initialization (bug #13038)
  • Windows hosts: fixed more startup problems on certain Windows hosts due to conflicts with anti-virus software; better error reporting (4.3.14 regression; bug #13187)
  • Windows hosts: fixed DirectSound host audio failure under certain conditions (bug #13418)
  • Windows hosts: fixed additional cases of 4.3.14 regression whereby AltGr stopped working for some people (bug #13216)
  • Windows Additions: preserve guest monitor layout when resizing Windows 7 or newer guests
  • Linux Additions: Linux 3.18 compile fixes (bug #13515)
General
Publisher Oracle
Publisher web site http://www.oracle.com
Release Date November 21, 2014
Date Added November 21, 2014
Version 4.3.20
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.6
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 108.79MB
File Name VirtualBox-4.3.20-96996-OSX.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 155,938
Downloads Last Week 563
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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